Web services and APIs are ways of connecting data from different systems. We use web services in 2 ways:
- Building (RESTful) web services to provide data to other applications
- Integrating other web services to use data in web applications
We build these web services with various technologies: Laravel and Symfony.
When developing a web application, we often use external systems to retrieve data that we do not have in our own system. This allows us to try to work with only one place where the truth of data resides.
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Do you need an integration between existing systems? Or do you need to make different datasets available to other apps via APIs & Web Services? We know how to deal with it!
Do you already have an existing application (CRM, online agenda management, administration software, order system) and do you want to link it with your website? In most cases, a custom API link is required. In that case, we develop a web application for you that forms the glue between the systems. We call this an "intermediate layer" (middleware).
In its simplest form, this is a simple data translation layer. This layer provides a translation between the various other applications and transforms the data into another form where necessary.
For many applications, it is not enough to simply provide the same data to your external system, but you want to modify or enrich this data through an interface. To solve this problem, we use Laravel Nova, a user-friendly administration panel. We use an API to pull in your data and you can modify and enrich this data in the user interface. You can then offer this enriched data back to other applications, using your own API.
When we develop APIs and web services ourselves, we always choose a RESTful API. Obsolete solutions such as SOAP or XML-RPC have many disadvantages.
There are also various ways of putting this data into a format that can be read by other applications. For this we often choose JSON:API. This modern data format is flexible, fast and reliable.
Would you like to know more about how we can develop data links and automation for you?