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APIs: Ambassadors of the Tech Industry

OK I'll admit it:  I'm an API-oholic.  I'm addicted to APIs.  In the nerdy tech world, APIs are old news, but to most regular folks, the term APIs is just a confusing acronym.  It is my goal to de-mystify the API a bit in this post, and explain how APIs are changing the world in very real, tangible ways that will matter to you.

First, a definition and a bit of history.  API stands for Application Programming Interface.  That's also a pretty incomprehensible set of words to most people.   So let's simplify:  For the purpose of this blog post, think of an API as a key that opens a door to a room you really want to get into.

Let's take this fantasy analogy a bit further.  Let's imagine that there are rumors that there's an island in the Pacific ocean that's inhabited by a previously unknown group of humans which have never before had contact with the modern world.  They don't speak English, but it just so happens that their little island is known to have a tremendous stockpile of diamonds and gold.  There's a mad rush by many people to figure out where this island is located so they can lay claim to its natural resources.

But the inhabitants of this Secret Island are smart.  They know how valuable their gold and diamonds are, and they know that by allowing the modern world to find them, they'll be in danger.  So they send an ambassador to strike a compromise, and that ambassador happens to find you (imagine the odds -- it's your lucky day!) The ambassador tells you that the entire modern world can communicate with their island through a special interface they've set up.  And they will answer, but only if the communication happens on very specific terms -- their terms.  They won't answer to any random requests.

This interface he gives you happens to be through a computer terminal.  Well, that's convenient, they know how to use computers. This ambassador gives you a special URL through which you can contact his people.  It looks something like this: http://thedataweb.rm.SecretIsland.gov/data/2010/acs5?key=b48301d897146e8f8efd9bef3c6eb1fcb864cf&get=B02001_001E,NAME&for=state:06,36

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What is Bonus?

A Bonus payment is usually made to employees in addition to their basic salary as part of their wages or Salary. While the basic salary usually is a fixed amount per month, bonus payments more often than not vary depending on known criteria, such as the annual turnover, or the net number of additional customers acquired, or the current value of the stock of a public company.

As per Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, an employer, employing 20 or more employees at any day of financial year is bound to pay bonus, provided wages of employee should be below or equal to Rs 10,000/- per month. Every employee should get minimum of 8.33% of wages, capped at Rs 3500/-, even if there is loss and maximum of 20% of wages, capped at Rs 3500/-, in an accounting year.

HAPA (Human Resources and People Appreciation) which is a well-known low cost HRMS solution in the market, made specifically, keeping the needs of small and medium businesses in mind, takes care of all procedures to calculate salary along with PF, TDS, ESI, Gratuity etc. Bonus, Deductions, Incentives are all a part of the salary components. The same is also reflected in the salary-slips, which are auto generated and auto emailed to all the employees.

HAPA also updates the minimum wages mentioned above, in the application so that the HR or the Finance manager of the company is aware of the govt. policies/rules/regulations. HAPA does not forces a company to follow the rules, however makes sure that the company is notified about the same. The minimum wages of different set of employees are updated in HAPA as and when the government rules & regulations are amended or revised. To know more about HAPA, click here:http://g7cr.com/products.php?id=70

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