Webhooks with GraphQL for Simpler Integration
Webhooks are used to orchestrate events in our headless ecommerce service. We have now introduced GraphQL to allow you to select exactly the data you need for each webhook. You do not need to circle back to fetch the data you need. Simple, quick - and you are in control.
A scalable architecture typically means asynchronous communication and message-based architectures. In Crystallize we focus on developer experience and how we can simplify how developers can build beautiful ecommerce architectures that scale and have separate concerns of responsibility.
We have introduced webhooks management that allows you to send a query based on events that occur like new orders or updated on products. Webhooks like this easily integrate with 3rd party services including:
- Slack notifications for new orders
- Signing up customers for a newsletter after order creation (if they accept terms)
- Sending a new order to a fulfillment service
- Give a user access to a new subscription service
Webhooks are in themselves just HTTP signals that are being sent when an event occurs. You often have a pre-defined payload in a traditional webhook. However, we wanted to see how we can use the power of GraphQL and specify specifically what you would like to have sent as the payload of your webhook.
By adding GraphQL directly in the webhook definition you can as a developer cherry-pick what specific data you want to send. You only need to send the data you need. Lighter.
You can send just the name and email to sign up a new customer to a newsletter. If you need to send the full order details for fulfillment you send that. You are in control.