PromoStandards Hackathon: Putting Soap To Rest Presentation


Insights from the video:

๐Ÿ“ฑ REST is easier to adapt for client-side applications like web and mobile apps, and the developer community is adopting the rest standard at a much higher rate than SOAP.

๐ŸŒ The project primarily utilizes core project as a reliable web-based framework for its ease of implementation and integration with other tools.

๐Ÿ“š The usage of Swagger simplifies the management of API documentation by automatically updating the documentation when the specification changes, making maintenance easier.

๐Ÿ”„ Restructuring endpoints can involve combining similar data into a single endpoint, with the differentiation being in the query parameters used to filter the response, resulting in a more cohesive and simplified API design.

๐Ÿš€ The alternative UI for specification inquiries is designed to be simpler and more efficient, allowing users to easily access API calls, tweak them, and view the schema and data in a user-friendly grid with familiar features like search and sorting.

๐ŸŒ The use of a universally viewed and accepted code set is seen as a single point of truth for ERP developers, highlighting the significance of standardization in the industry.

๐Ÿ’ก It's interesting to note that even if the data is grabbed from different services, everything is a sub resource of products.

๐Ÿ’ฌ There are strong opinions on soap, suggesting that there may be differing viewpoints or arguments regarding its effectiveness or necessity.


The key idea of the video is that REST is proposed as a better alternative to the SOAP protocol for promo standards, offering benefits such as lightweight communication, reduced network traffic, and easier adaptability for client-side applications.

๐Ÿ’ก 00:00 Rest is proposed as a better alternative to the soap protocol for promo standards, offering benefits such as lightweight communication, reduced network traffic, and easier adaptability for client-side applications.

๐Ÿ“ 01:55 An open source community used core project to improve participation and innovation in the PromoStandards Hackathon, implementing c-sharp classes, Swagger library for API documentation, and basic HTTP authentication for security.

๐Ÿ“ 03:42 The speaker discusses the addition of request payload, validator tool, alternative UI, and simple product viewer to assist with the review and implementation of res promo standards, emphasizing the use of Swagger for maintaining and documenting API endpoints and the importance of grouping endpoints by resources and descriptive URLs.

๐Ÿ“ 06:50 Consolidating existing endpoints and implementing query parameters can simplify API structure and reduce the number of endpoints needed.

๐Ÿ”ง 08:30 Restructure product information into three endpoints and include a validator tool that fetches and validates results, providing a user-friendly UI for specification inquiries.

๐Ÿ”‘ 10:19 Integrating data from product inventory and media APIs using REST APIs is easy and beneficial, as it provides a universally accepted code set for continuous improvement, and an open source implementation with Majestic Json outputs is available for others to use and discuss.

๐Ÿ’ก 12:20 The speaker explains how they recreated most promo standard services as a REST service, with product data as the main resource, and mentions that additional fields can be added to the request or response without causing issues.

๐Ÿงผ 14:02 There is pressure to put soap to rest, with strong opinions and live demos being shared in the chat.