10th February 2007, 15:10 #1
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What is the difference between these two terms: "API" & "Library"?
What is the difference between these two terminologies "API" & "Library" ?
thanks in advance
10th February 2007, 15:10
12th February 2007, 16:38 #2
Advanced Member level 1
Re: API vs Library
API = "Application Program Interface"
It is an interface to the system embedded functions, ie. to the system DLLs in a Windows.
As a rule, an API call is a determinated function call only. Look at any API help file!
LIBRARY = a lot of precompiled functions for a compiler, accumulated in a LIB file.
The compiler (the linker) links (uses, adds to the final program) these functions only if needed for the program.