Partner API

Development

What is a Partner API?

Definition:

A Partner API allows you as a partner to perform all the GET operations that you do in your partner store. Partner API is built using REST principles. This ensures predictable URLs that make it easy to write and retrieve data related to your partner store. This API follows HTTP rules.

Analogy:

A Partner API is the ordering system for a restaurant to order food from its distributor.

A restaurant doesn’t magically have all the food it needs. They tend to order their food from larger distributors that have the bulk quantities they need to function.

The everyday individual doesn’t have access to order food from these bulk distributors, they have to go to the restaurant in order to purchase their food. The distributor is only going to allow the restaurant to order food from them.

In other words...

A Partner API is exposed by, or to, the strategic business partner.

Pre-Product Score

3

As a founder, a Partner API is not too relevant if you don't have a product yet. You should learn about the functionality of an API, but the actual type of APIs is more relevant once you actually have a product and need to understand how your site should function most effectively.

Live-Product Score

4

As a founder, an Open API is fairly relevant if your business model requires you to interact, via software, with exclusive partners. For example, if you are ESPN, then knowing that your application has a Partner API with the MLB is very important because it is pivotal to your business model to allow your partners, but only your partners, to pull in specific information.

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