It's a term very commonly used among developers. It stands for Application Programming Interface, and is as common as bread.
Please know that I meant you no harm. I had several reasons for my post. One is to serve as a lesson (if you will), a reminder, or tip (whichever applies) for you and others in this community. Your response, “as common as bread”, may be a truism in your world but, can you imagine the confusion it may cause someone whose job/vocation/interest is in Animal Protection, Academia, or even something that has been at the forefront of the news for some time now like, Air Pollution?
My second reason was to seek clarity or affirmation for myself. I guessed that A stood for Application and that I stood for Interface prior to my search but nevertheless I was unsure. . My internet search produced 82 possibilities. From the results of my search I was able to deduce that API stood for Application Programming Interface. (The reason I included it as one of the many possibilities in my original post.) With 82 possibilities to choose from what do you think the chances are that 100 percent of the people will be able to reason to the correct conclusion? Simply, I wanted more information so that I could make a decision as to whether or not your post could help me.
There are a number of people out there who are afraid to post. Some are too embarrassed to ask what others might deem a stupid question. Some might be embarrassed because they feel their English is too poor. Whatever their reason is that prevents them from posting is both unfortunate and counter productive. One will never know how many people their post has helped, be it question or answer. If I’m not mistaken this is the primary goal of having a forum in the first place. It is most likely the reason they ask all of us to refrain from sending Private Messages (PMs), (so that others will benefit from the posts) and the reason they instruct us to search the forum prior to posting to see if the question and answer has already been addressed (eliminating repetition). This is reason three for my post which was really more for other newbie’s (noob’s) and I thought, by chance, the forum moderator, Chris, might see the value in it and post as sticky (rewritten of course). In other words I was trying to help.
Finally, josamoto, I was also trying to draw attention to your post which like several other’s in here, the document section, appear to have been ignored or disregarded (most of the other unanswered posts are older than yours). Lucky for you that Chris has come to your rescue, at least you know he cares. It’s Unfortunate, though, that he still has not (as far as I can tell) answered your questions. Do you find it at all bothersome; the fact that your question was posed on Sept 9th and eight days later he completely passes you over with the sole and blatantly obvious intent to publicly deride me just one day after my post? Here we are, another thee days have passed and you know
he has read your post now and yet nary a peep. So now I owe you another apology because even though I had no intention of doing so, I derailed your course of thought with my post. I’m sorry for that!
It’s just a suggestion and I don’t want to get you in trouble for not following the rules of the forum but maybe you should start another thread to get the focus back on you. Either way I will take my battle with Chris, elsewhere. And yes, this reply was intended for his eyes too and anyone else, whom he has berated, debased, ridiculed, or tried to humiliate.