The ecommerce industry has seen SaaS solutions maturing in leaps and bounds over the past few years, as more and more retailers are able to realise the value of the web as a global marketplace where they can peddle their wares. More accurately, retailers are able to begin to trade on the web without a large initial investment in technology.
This article will take a look at the current solutions available for online retail, and take a view as to whether the prevalence of SaaS solutions will spell the end for the self-hosted model of ecommerce.
Back in the Spring of 2012, Magento released their REST API as part of Magento CE 1.7 and Magento Enterprise 1.12.
The REST API allows you as a developer to expose various data entities suh as customer, catalog and order information to third party applications. A good example of this would be Facebook apps.
While starting to work on my Magento and Pimcore integration I needed to be able to pull catalog information from Magento to populate data objects which will be used to display product information directly within Pimcore so the REST API seems like the obvious way to get this information into Pimcore.