flat-fuchsia
flat-fuchsia5mo ago

External API/backend integrations with Refine

I'm considering using Refine to build a CRUD webapp, but the app would also need to integrate with external APIs such as the Gmail API to perform two key functionalities: - Sending emails from within the app - Adding new data to an app whenever a certain GMail inbox receives an email How feasible is this using Refine? If I have to step outside of Refine's framework to manually implement this functionality, how hard is it to step outside of Refine? Thanks!
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kapa.ai
kapa.ai5mo ago
Hi @IsoPhoenix. I'm kapa.ai, your friendly support bot. I will try to answer your question by searching through the knowledge base. :wave: ---------------------- Refine is designed to be highly customizable and flexible, allowing you to integrate with various backend services and APIs. It interfaces with backend services using data providers and auth providers, and it has data provider packages for a wide range of services source (https://refine.dev/blog/web-development#refines-backend-integrations). However, the specific integration with the Gmail API is not mentioned in the provided extracts. That said, Refine's design allows for the creation of custom UI integrations and it's completely agnostic, meaning you can wrap your application with the Refine component and pass the properties you need source (https://refine.dev/blog/build-internal-tools-using-low-code-with-refine#how-does-refine-work). This suggests that you should be able to integrate with the Gmail API, although you may need to write some custom code to do so. As for stepping outside of Refine's framework, it's designed to be used with any UI library or even without one, and you can create your own custom UI integration for your needs source (https://refine.dev/docs/guides-concepts/ui-libraries#custom-implementations). This suggests that it should be relatively straightforward to step outside of Refine if necessary. However, without more specific information about integrating with the Gmail API, it's hard to say exactly how difficult this would be. I would recommend checking out the Refine documentation (https://refine.dev/docs/) and tutorials (https://refine.dev/docs/tutorial/introduction/index/) for more information. ---------------------- Note: you can ask me a follow up question by @ mentioning me again :speech_balloon: ----------------------
kapa.ai
kapa.ai5mo ago
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extended-salmon
extended-salmon5mo ago
Hey @IsoPhoenix, you can easily step outside of Refine when you're working on your implementation. There will be no issues about that. Of course you can create dataProvider integrations for external APIs (even if they don't have fully complete implementations, you can just use multiple data providers and trigger each mutation/query depending on your needs) About adding data to the app when an email is received, this looks more like a backend/webhook thing rather than a frontend job. 🤔
flat-fuchsia
flat-fuchsia5mo ago
@aliemir this makes sense, thank you so much!