Well, welcome back to the next part of the API integration with cloud services article part two. In the first part, we have discussed the first five steps to connect your app with the popular cloud services using API. So, if you have completely followed the first five steps disclosed by us, now next we are going to know about the rest of the steps to integrate your app.
We are going to start from exactly where we have left in the last post, so if you haven’t yet read that post, then please read it before moving ahead.
Step 6; Transforming Data
Your app might be using separate format for data values like Date, Time and other related values as compared to the endpoint data structure user. That’s why you have to use transformation data services to translate data so that the end user can easily integrate with your data. Along with the data mapping, your application will also require the transformation of each element of an API with which your app is connected.
Step 7; CRUDs
You have to make sure the method which your application requires to execute against each data object. There are five elements present for data object execution – Create, Retrieve, Update, Delete and Search. You have to consider which app will be mastering between data and consumer to avoid any conflicts of managing more complex data scenarios.
Step 8; Implementation of Search, Browse, Select
You have to determine whether users will need to engage with data in the endpoint to CRUDS operations or not. The engagement can consist of selecting files, recording data, updating or deleting data from the endpoint to offer the effortless experience to the user in your application.
Step 9; Events & Synchronisation
Next, you have to consider if you need to synchronize data between your application and endpoint user or not. There are some API integration endpoints available which supports webhooks that can be helpful in simplifying the automate workflow while keeping your applications up to date with any changes in the events at the endpoint. Such as when new data is added, deleted, or altered.
Step 10; Logging & API Monitoring
Now, the final step is to understand how will you manage the API integration? To manage integration, you have to capture the user and log data into the system to support the integration to keep your operation team updated. Determine how to handle alerts and notifications from the endpoint regarding service outages, API changes, etc.
Bonus; API Integration Maintenance
This isn’t the part of API integration, but we want to fully inform our loyal readers that’s why we are exploring this section as well. You have to consider how to maintain integration because APIs changes frequently. So, to develop strategies for staying up in the changing environment, you have to be connected with the latest maintenance methods. This includes managing version control to make sure that your integration won’t break as changes are introduced in them.
Okay, folks to create a dynamic corporate app that works with cloud services, you have to use some awesome commercial apps. But, there are plenty of free tools also available which you can use to create dummy apps. We truly hope that our step by step guide to API integration has helped you and resolved your doubts related to API.