As a Platform Evangelist, I help SaaS providers, agencies and ISV’s develop scalable integration solutions using the Scribe Online platform. Scribe Online is architected to have connectors communicate with a specific application; build a solution with two or more connectors with Scribe in the middle, and you have an integration.
When I talk to these companies about Scribe – their Product Managers, CTOs, Developers, etc. – and after understanding our architecture, we’ll inevitably have a conversation about their API and how to plug it into the platform. There’s a perception by some of our prospects, existing partners and end-users that connectors are challenging to build.
Sure, Scribe’s flagship connectors – Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, Marketo, etc. – do some real heavy lifting. But to truly capture market share, our engineers have put the effort into building those connectors to support a wide array of use-cases, entities, and CRUD operations. I’ve rarely come across a SaaS provider or end-user that needs connectivity with the breadth our of Salesforce connector.
Everyday customers typically require a tighter use-case, a couple of entities, and a platform for scale. To meet these requirements, Scribe has Connector Toolkit designed to make building connectors more approachable; the Fast Connector Framework (FCF) and Connector Development Kit (CDK) are how Scribe and its partners approach API’s – REST, SOAP, ADO, you name it.
Until the Fast Connector Framework, I would have needed to know .NET/C# to actually develop that connector for even the most basic of web services. Without having a developer background myself, I’m able to use the Framework to take REST calls from a RESTful API, and within an hour or so, have a connector compiled so I can start building my next integration solution.
Whether you’re unfamiliar with .NET, or you’re a non-developer like myself, we’ve officially launched a podcast series about our FCF: Connector Outlaws. My colleague, and one of Scribe’s outlaw developers, Josh Solomon, provides a guide from the beginning to end of using the FCF. It starts with assessing an API, planning and configuring the key operations of the connector, and using tools like Visual Studio CE, Postman, and Fiddler along the way.
If you’re ready to start building connectors for Scribe Online, check out the Connector Outlaws podcasts and get started with the Fast Connector Framework: http://blog.scribesoft.com/connector-outlaw-series/