Glubol: The Basics

Glubol is a REST server on top of the Retail Pro database. Starting out as a script server intended to provide maximum access to the Retail Pro 8 and 9 plug-in interfaces, its REST interface builds on that to give developers a simple means of accessing Retail Pro's data. The intention is to provide access to any business object surfaced by the plug-in interface and, where called for, to maximize performance by using direct read-only access to any table or view used by Retail Pro.

 

V8 and V9

You've probably got a collection of old CDs, records, tapes, whatever, laying in a closet somewhere collecting dust. If you could have the entire collection digitized in one pass, would you do it?

Now imagine your V8 and V9 databases are suddenly directly accessible using web application technologies for shopping carts, online reports, integrations with off-the-shelf market leading data management solutions, etc., simply by installing one application. Imagine writing network appliances in C#, Java, Ruby, Perl, Go, Angular, Node.js -- you name it -- and accessing the V8 or V9 data using Retail Pro's internal business rules. All the power, no risk, and you didn't have to develop the integration.

 

Glubol's REST Treatment

Glubol expresses each BO accessible through the Retail Pro plug-in API as a resource, accepting requests that detail the attributes to retrieve, the filters to be applied, the sort order to use, the format used for the request and response, and the maximum number of rows to return. It supports the following operations, mapped to HTTP verbs: Create=POST, Read=GET, Update=PUT, and Delete=DELETE.

 

Glubol's Script Server

The script server implements a very simple macro language that gives direct access to the plug-in API, allowing a developer to implement complex behaviors and execute them on the server.

Additionally, Glubol is designed to talk to other Glubol servers as a network. Scripts can be broadcast and the results aggregated and acted upon by the requester. Each Glubol acts as a separate, powerful node, with the capability of multiprocessing transactional analysis across the enterprise.

 

Demo Download

The following links allow you to download the installer for Glubol for Retail Pro 8, Glubol Lite for Retail Pro 9, and the GTest utility documentation. The full version of Glubol for Retail Pro 9 can be obtained upon request and requires that a test license be created on the TGE Software systems.


Glubol Lite for Retail Pro 9
Updated November 9th, 2016

 

 

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