Integrating Async API with IBM API Connect
Here in this blog, we are going to learn how integrating Async API with IBM API Connect works. Async API is an open-source platform that is an Event-Driven Architecture.
Most of the APIs are REST APIs nowadays. Async APIs are also applicable too. It is a standard for documenting and designing the Async APIs.It mainly focuses on event-driven and allows you to send multiple requests at a time and stream different kinds of data and manage communication intelligently between services, while synchronous APIs require you to make every time request for the response.
Async API supports various messaging protocols such as MQTT, AMQP, Apache Kafka, or Web Sockets. It provides flexibility in choosing the most suitable protocol for the messaging infrastructure and is also useful for long-running operations, real-time updates, or handling high volumes of requests.
How do the Async APIs work?
Async APIs allow for concurrent execution of multiple requests without waiting for the response. They are commonly used in industries such as in social media industry, Mobile industry, Gaming industry, etc…
It uses event streaming platforms to handle the routing, storage, and delivery of messages between producers and consumers.
The client submits a request to the server asynchronously, usually by sending a message or event. The request can include the necessary data or payload required for the operation and that message is routed to the appropriate service for handling the request.
The request is routed using event streaming platforms, or other messaging systems. Later the server sends the response or completion notification to the client, typically through callbacks, webhooks, or by making the result available for the client to retrieve. The response may include the requested data/payload or indicate the status of the operation. The client receives the response or notification and handles it accordingly. It also processes the result, triggers further actions, or subscribes to ongoing updates.
Advantages of Async APIs: –
- It is Event-Driven Architecture.
- Responsiveness and Real-time Updates
- Long running Operations