API development is the process of creating application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow different software systems to communicate and exchange data with each other. APIs are essentially sets of rules and protocols that define how two or more systems can interact with each other. They enable developers to build applications that can integrate with other systems and access their functionality and data. API development typically involves several steps, such as planning and design, implementation, testing, and deployment. It may also involve working with various technologies and platforms, such as REST and SOAP, as well as security and authentication protocols. APIs are widely used in various industries, such as e-commerce, finance, healthcare, and social media.