1. Command Line Interface (CLI) :
CLI stands for Command Line Input/Interface/Interpreter. Earlier it was the only way to interact with computers using computer terminals. It requires fewer resources and is concise and powerful.
2. Application Programming Interface (API) :
API stands for Application Programming Interface. It is a collection of communication protocols and subroutines used by various programs to communicate between them.
Differences between CLI and API :
|1.||A CLI is the text-driven command line used to access the operating system.||API helps the programmers with an efficient way to develop their software programs and to make program easier and simpler.|
|2.||It plays a vital role in the management of cloud computing.||It plays a vital role in terms of security.|
|3.||It takes input in the form of commands and it executes on the device.||It is an interface between the client and service.|
|4.||CLI is easier for humans.||API is easier for machines.|
|5.||Types of CLI – DOS (for Windows) and the bash shell (for Linux and OS X).||Types of API – WEB API, Local API, Program API.|
|6.||It consumes low memory.||It consumes more memory.|
|7.||CLI is known for quick one time changes and non-repeating tasks.||An API integration may be overkill.|
|8.||CLI is arguably better for ad hoc tasks.||APIs make it possible to make and connect applications in a machine-language sense.|
|9.||It is more human-readable.||It is less human-readable.|
|10.||It is less used.||It is more used.|