What are API contract agreements and how are they used?
Apps are at the heart of how we interact with technology today. Apps depend on APIs to get the data they need. Learn more about what to look for in an API contract for developers.
An Application Programming Interface, commonly known as an API, is a software interface that allows applications to access data and interact with external software and data sources. They are critical for modern smartphone and computer apps. App developers must have well-defined API contracts, and PDFs and electronic signatures make using API contracts secure and easy.
What’s included in an API contract.
When signing an API contract, you should make sure the agreement includes timely updates. Let’s say you build a great smartphone app that depends on an API to integrate regional gas prices. If the data provider changes its connection protocol, your app won’t work. Make sure your agreement includes updates any time the data provider makes a change, so your app will always work.
Here is a list of things commonly included in an API contract:
- Details about how an application will call the API.
- The version or revision of the API technical specification your contract covers.
- A commitment to notify the developer of any potential changes in enough time and detail to allow the developer to incorporate the changes in their development cycle.
- The format for the data exchange with the application.
- Any limitations to the data your contract entitles you to.
A detailed and properly signed API contract will protect both you and your data provider from disappointment with your arrangement. Be sure you fully understand the technical specifications as well as the contract limitations and requirements before you electronically sign your contract. A signable PDF will make the process flow smoothly and save time.
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