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1. The API Opportunity > Who Uses an API?

Who Uses an API?

We call the company or organization that offers an API the API provider. This book is largely aimed at API providers (or those who are thinking about offering an API).

We decided to call the people who use your API to create applications developers. It’s true that many types of people may be interested in your API, including business owners, marketing gurus, executives, and others, but the people who will eventually create the applications are developers. Developers are the primary audience for your API.

We decided to call the people who use the applications that developers create end users. They are the secondary audience for your API and often the audience driving many of your API decisions. Depending on the content made available via your API, you may have particular concerns to address, such as copyright, legal use, and so on, that relate to this secondary audience.


  

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