“You gotta talk the talk before you can walk the walk”
A key factor in your success as a Product Manager is the ability to insert yourself into any department in your organization and eloquently communicate your thought processes. Time in and time out, we have found that a major hindrance in a PM’s ability to do their job well is being unable to properly speak with their engineering team, specifically. We’ve spent long hours curating a list of terms for our Kloudless SaaS Integration Glossary, and we believe that product managers everywhere can benefit from this extensive list of vocabulary words.
So, for the sake of helping you get on the same page as the people you work closely with, we are glad to announce our new monthly blog post, Step Your Vocab Up.
On the last Wednesday of each month, we will do our best to help you expand your vocabulary on different aspects of software development to aid in becoming the best Product Manager you can be. Some of the upcoming topics we’ll cover will be authentication, API architecture, events, and agile methodology.
So sit back, grab a comfy seat, and let’s jump into the first edition of our new series with a dive into all things API events!
Getting It Right Event-ually
When we talk about events in regard to software engineering, we aren’t talking about a birthday party for the server or BBQ that your database is throwing. They are, however, along the same lines if you think of them as something that gets triggered by an action. A birthday party is simply an event that is triggered by your travel around the Sun once, and an API event is simply the registering of an action by one of the many requests, responses, or occurrences that take place within an application.
Events go hand-in-hand with APIs. They are generally triggered by specific actions or API calls and can be subscribed to via Webhooks, and even can dictate the entire architecture of an API. To read all about Event-Driven Architecture, please check out our past post on the subject.
However, in the aim of helping you to better understand many of the terms related to API events, we’ve got some fresh new definitions to help you out. The following are hand-picked terms from our glossary that we feel are important for any product manager beginning their application’s product roadmap:
Activity Monitoring: Activity monitoring is used to monitor and track end-user events on devices, networks, and other company-owned IT resources. Organizations generally implement user activity monitoring tools to aid in detecting and stopping insider threats, be they unintentional or with malicious intent. The wide-range of monitoring and methods utilized is entirely dependent on the objectives of the company. Click here for how-tos and articles related to activity monitoring.
Webhook: A webhook provides real-time information or automated messages to other applications. A webhook delivers data to other applications as an event triggers it, proving information as it happens. Unlike polling, which requires constant calls to check for changes at an endpoint, webhooks relay data to the provider and consumer in real-time. Click here to read how to get started with Kloudless webhooks.
Client: The client is the initiating party that sends an API request and receives a response. There are generally many clients consuming the same API at the same time. Client actions can trigger events within an API.
Connector: Kloudless offers all of its third-party API offerings as connectors. When using any of Kloudless’ Unified APIs, all available connectors are able to accessed and authenticated. Kloudless monitors all events across its connectors. Click here to view all our connectors.
CRUD: CRUD stands for “Create, Read, Update, Delete,” which are the four verbs that accompany most actions in a RESTful API. The verbs correspond to the HTTP methods POST, GET, PUT/PATCH, and DELETE. All of these verbs are the basis for triggering most API events.
HTTP Method: The part of an HTTP request that tells the server what the client wants to do. They are the verbs of interacting with APIs and include GET, POST, PUT, PATCH, and DELETE.
Endpoint: The URI that follows the base URL and specifies the requested API functionality. Endpoints that are accessed through client requests trigger events to be captured.
Monitoring: Monitoring is the process of collecting, analyzing and using the information to track a program’s progress toward reaching its objectives. It is generally used to make calculated management decisions for a program’s development and future usability.
Server: In computing, a server is a computer program or a device that provides functionality or data for other programs or devices, called “clients”. This architecture is called the client-server model and makes up a large part of the data transmission across the internet. The requests that are sent to the server are the initiator in triggering events.
While this should clear up some of the more popular terms, by no means is this everything you need to know in order to understand API events. We suggest you dive deeper into each term outlined in this article and research popular opinions on the implementation of each. The more you learn about these important terms, the better off you will be when it comes to orchestrating the building of your product.
We’re not done yet, though! We’ve put together a comprehensive list of over 300 terms in our new SaaS Integration Glossary for the sake of keeping you as informed as possible on everything integration related. Head over now to start beefing up your vocabulary!