There are two types of APIs: browser APIs and third-party APIs. Browser APIs, as the name implies, are built into your web browser. They can utilize data from the surrounding computer environment to perform complex functions. An example is the geolocation API, which is what Google Maps uses to plot your location on a map.
Third-party APIs, on the other hand, are not built into the browser by default, which means their code and information have to be fetched from another place on the web. The Twitter API, for example, allows you to display content from Twitter on a website. The API must take information from Twitter, a third-party website, and then send that information to a different location.
Though learning a computer programming language takes a lot of time and effort, choosing the right resource can heavily impact your learning outcomes. Thankfully, there are plenty of options to choose from, which means there is certainly something that meets your needs.
After completing the free course, you can receive a verified certification to boost your hireability. Graduates of freeCodeCamp have received jobs at many prestigious tech companies, including Spotify, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and more.
A code editor could technically be any text input program - Microsoft Word, your Notes app, Google Docs, etc. There are, however, specialized code editors with features that simplify the coding process. We call these Integrated Development Environments (IDEs).
IDEs like Atom, Visual Studio Code, and Eclipse provide a lot of useful features for web developers, including text completion, color highlighting of different elements, and debugging. Before you commit to one IDE, it’s a good idea to try a few out - once you get used to one, it’s difficult to switch to another.
In terms of engines, the Chrome browser’s V8 Engine is a great choice, particularly since Google Chrome is the most common browser used in web development.
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