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(Application Programming Interface) Defines how to access a software-based service. An API is a published specification that describes how other software programs can access the functions of an automated service. In web services, WSDL is a standardized format for expressing an API. APIs are important enablers of interoperability between web services, provided they are written to allow for loose coupling.

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