What the Hell does API Mean?

Thankfully, I’m well aware of what the acronym in the title stands for. Surprisingly, it takes me a good 4-5 seconds each time I’m forced to recall what it means/stands for.

I’m sure a lot of people out there are faced with the same difficulties in processing the infinite amount of abbreviations, so I’ve scoured (ok, ok…I’ve accessed 2 or 3 other sites namely Techterms and Acronyms Online) the web and made a list for your reading pleasure of ones we come across frequently enough.

Consider it a refresher. I can’t be posting insightful, stimulating, and jaw-dropping book reviews and observations every time now can I?? j..o..king.

I’ve also gone ahead and linked each of the brief definitions to the Wikipedia entry. Eat your hearts out detail freaks.

Here goes:

API – Application Program(ming) Interface

ASP – Active Server Pages or Application Service Provider

BMP – Bitmap

CGI – Common Gateway Interface

CMYK – Cyan Magenta Yellow Black

CPA – Cost per action

CPL – Cost per lead – same as CPA per Wikipedia

CRM – Customer relationship management

DNS – Domain Name System (Server)

FTP – File transfer protocol

GIF – Graphics Interchange Format

HDMI – High-Definition Multimedia Interface

HTML – Hyper-Text Markup Language

HTTPS – HyperText Transport Protocol Secure

IMAP – Internet Message Access Protocol

JPEG – Joint Photographic Experts Group

PHP – Hypertext Preprocessor

PNG – Portable Network Graphic

SQL – Structured Query Language

TIFF – Tagged Image File Format

URL – Uniform Resource Locator

USB – Universal Serial Bus

VGA – Video Graphics Array

Those are the ones I came up with on a whim. Some which are obvious to me, must be obvious to you, as in my own humble opinion, I’m not all that smart.

Kindly add those you believe aren’t so obvious or that you use/access on daily basis and enlighten us! Well, me at least, and maybe Luis and Fabrice. lol.

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