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Event Triggers

Space Cloud can be used to create event triggers on database or custom events. The in-built eventing queue in Space Cloud reliably invokes webhooks to carry out any custom logic.

Why use event triggers?

Event triggers enable:

  • Improved performance: Due to the async nature, event creators don’t have to wait.
  • Better reliability: Configurable retry logic.
  • Simplified decoupling: Change business logic without changing event data.

Use cases

Event triggers are excellent for carrying out asynchronous business logic. Following are a few use cases of event triggers:

  • Updating search index (e.g., Elasticsearch or Algolia) or a caching system on CRUD operations in your primary database.
  • Performing mutations on any event.
  • Sending out a welcome email on new signup.

How it works

You add an event trigger to Space Cloud via Mission Control. Each event trigger has type, webhook and other configurable parameters.

Events can be of the following types:

  • CRUD_CREATE: When a row/document gets created.
  • CRUD_UPDATE: When a row/document gets updated.
  • CRUD_DELETE: When a row/document gets deleted.
  • <CUSTOM>: Whenever you queue a custom event to Space Cloud.

Whenever an event takes place (e.g., insert mutation via Space Cloud or a custom event), Space Cloud invokes the webhook with the event payload. If the webhook responds with a 2xx status code, Space Cloud marks the event to be processed. Otherwise, it retries the webhook, a certain number of times (configurable) before finally marking it as failed.

Space Cloud stores the events log in event_logs table in the eventing database (both of them are configurable). The primary database that you selected while creating a project is selected as the eventing database by default.

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