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.
In physics, a glubol is a theoretical particle consisting entirely of gluons, or particles that carry the strong nuclear force. Glubol, and its sister product Quanta, are designed to facilitate a strong, cohesive, stable, integration between disparate systems.
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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 saved months of development time.
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.
So that a given request to read customers who last made a purchase on January 1st, 2019, might look something like this:
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.
If you don't have a Retail Pro instance on which to develop your integration, we have Glubol test servers that you can use to develop your products.
Once your integration is tested and ready to deploy, contact us about bundling Glubol with your product for single-pass installation.
The following links allow you to download the installer for Glubol for Retail Pro 9, Retail Pro 8, Glubol Lite for Retail Pro 9, and the GTest utility documentation. All versions require that a test license be set up by TGE Software personnel.
Contact TGE Software for test licenses, access to our internet accessible test server, and to see an online live demo of Glubol.
Inside the Zip files are installers. Run the setup, follow the directions, and if you run into any issues, feel free to contact us.
Also keep TGE Software in mind for all your software customization needs. We build plug-ins and utilities for Retail Pro 8, Retail Pro 9, and we can help you migrate your customizations to Retail Pro Prism.