Application Programming Interface or API in the simplest of terms is the messenger between applications, the server and the end-user. The end-user enters data into an application to get the desired result, this data is converted into a language that the server understands and is transferred to the server for action, the action (it could either be the desired result or otherwise) is then communicated to the end-user in a language they understand. All of this transfer of data and conversion into understandable language is done by API. There are four major types of API, but one can also get API tailor-made to suit specific requirements by custom API development companies in India.


Type 1: The Public or Open API


As the name suggests, public or open application programming interface is open to the public. The restrictions in this type of API are very few, in fact, it is meant to be accessible by everyone. Of the numerous custom API development services in India, setting up a minimum restriction of access upon registration is available even with respect to public or open APIs.


Type 2: The partner Application Programming Interface


Custom API development companies in India also develop “partner APIs”. They are suitable for business operations as access is granted only to partners in the business. As opposed to open APIs, to gain access to a partner API one has to get past processes that require identity validation. The data regarding identity could be specific to each partner, or it could be common for all of the partners. They are, however, still visible to the general public at large, even though access is restricted


Type 3: The Internal or Private API


The internal or private API is completely hidden to external eyes. It is made available solely to those manning the internal systems. Internal APIs are usually developed to facilitate intra-company communication between employees or departments or various departmental heads. Like in partner APIs, internal APIs also involves a process of identity validation and authorization to access the internal systems.


Type 4: The composite Application Programming Interface


Custom API development services in India also involve the development of composite APIs that brings together multiple data. This is preferred to execute tasks that require information from several different service APIs. Composite APIs enable developer’s access to multiple endpoints.

India is a global favourite when it comes to the development of software. Companies across the globe prefer to outsource their software to India despite the fact that there are various other nations that also offer software solutions. There are four major reasons for this. Firstly, the sheer population of professionals in the nation is reason enough to send in software development requirements to India. Secondly, outsourcing is much more economical and cost-effective than having an in-house team of software experts. Thirdly, the “shift” culture across software development firms in India and lastly, language proficiency allowing for effective communication across international borders. 


Reason 1: The sheer number of software engineers


The number of software development companies in India has been on a steady rise and these companies have created a massive demand for software engineers across the nation. India has over 2.75 million software developers and a 90% increase in this statistic is expected, i.e., India is expected to see over 5 million software developers in the near future. The sheer number of software developers alone is reason enough to outsource one’s software requirements to India’s enormous pool of talent. 


Reason 2: Outsourcing is an economical choice


The alternative to outsourcing is to invest in a team of software experts within one’s firm. This requires expenses on various fronts including infrastructure, cost of resources, recruitment costs, etc. Compared to these expenses, outsourcing involves one time payments that are definitive and not dynamic, allowing the firm to save up on the other expenses mentioned above.


Reason 3: In India, we work all hours


Software development firms in India follow a “shift” culture, i.e., employees work in shifts depending on the time zone of the clients. This ensures that the developers work simultaneously with the clients despite being halfway across the globe from them. This is possible only because of India’s position in the time zone map of the world. 


Reason 4: English is definitely not India’s crutch


English can well be considered the global tongue. The schooling system in India is such that students across the nation are imparted with knowledge of the English language and evaluated in the same, allowing them to be able to handle the language well as they graduate. Moreover, software development companies in India specifically recruit developers who are proficient in the language to cater to a global crowd. 


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