Colorado Timberline APIA Practical Guide to Successful Integration

Push vs. Poll

Overview

Under normal circumstances, CT API clients send requests to the API service to submit orders. In some special arrangements, clients have an existing order publishing system, which exposes and API of its own. In these scenarios, agreements have been made for CT to poll said ordering system and retrieve orders. CT prefers if clients submit orders through the standard system, but will venture into arrangements to develop clients against partner APIs if necessary.

Depiction of different integration approaches

Depiction of different integration approaches