cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Reply
Evangelizt
Helper I
Helper I

Web API call

I have just been assigned to a very tiny project. Although I have a team lead and other senior developers that I could go to but at the same time I am trying to learn things on my own. Actually there is web api call I need to make. I have been given this Developer Toolkit from this 3rd party. It contains WSDL for the service and few .xsd files and another document that contains the method names. Now I have been told that this call should be a reusable component and we should be able to use it in other projects or even in the same project but other locations.

 

Everything else is in this project is mainly using D365 forms, a couple of flows and mainly the base entities except for a few custom entities. This web service call needs to be triggered from D365 portal button. This portal stores its data in D365 backend. My question is what would be the best way to make this web service call? My understanding is plugins will not be useful in this case but I am not very knowledgeable about this. So any guidance would be helpful. 

9 REPLIES 9
ragavanrajan
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

Hi @Evangelizt ,  The best place to start is to start with Portals Web API 

 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/portals/web-api-overview. 

You can use the Web API to perform create, update, and delete operations across all Microsoft Dataverse entities from your portal pages. 

 

You can customise the logic to trigger the event from button. 

 

There is a good deep dive tutorial from @OOlashyn  https://www.dancingwithcrm.com/powerapps-portal-web-api-deep-dive/. 

 

Hope it helps. 

------------

If you like this post, give a Thumbs up. Where it solved your request, Mark it as a Solution to enable other users find it.

hey @ragavanrajan  thank you for the reply but this is a 3rd party web api call I need to make and not a Dataverse (CDS) call.

OOlashyn
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

Hi @Evangelizt ,

Can you elaborate a bit from where you are calling web API (you said in your initial message that it is D365 portal)? Do you need to just call that API or afterwards you need to perform the operation in Dataverse? In general, it doesn't look like a Portal question. You might try to ask in Pro dev forum section

----------------------------------------------------
If you find this post helpful consider marking it as a solution to help others find it.

@OOlashyn sure it's a 3rd party API (provided by local government actually) but no we wouldn't be saving data in dataverse afterwards. It's just to inform the user of a result. This will be invoked via a button in Portal page. 

OOlashyn
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

Well, then this is more development general question. I would advise you to talk with your senior developers in the team for your specific company style and code guidance. In general working with old endpoints and wsdl is easier with c#. With javascript take a look on this post from StackOverflow - itis an older post, but in general right now wsdl and soap endpoint and not that common.

----------------------------------------------------
If you find this post helpful consider marking it as a solution to help others find it.
Fubar
Multi Super User
Multi Super User

If it is something that you can call via Ajax and do not have to provide private authentication details then you can Ajax on the Portal, but other than that you need to code it inside a plugin or custom action (if processing fits doing it on the Dataverse/server side), other than that you will need to call another Service that you control/develop via Ajax that can act as a pass through to the end service (so you can keep the credentials etc out of public view), one option if you need verification of the Portal User is oAuth Implicit Grant Flow  https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/portals/oauth-implicit-grant-flow (I wouldn't call any of it 'simple')

Evangelizt
Helper I
Helper I

@Fubar @OOlashyn thank you for your replies. Unfortunately I don't think I can use JS here since the username/pwd combination needs to be used to first authenticate with this 3rd party api and putting these credentials in cleartext would create a huge security risk! Let me try to explain my current understanding and I would love to have your expert opinions please:


We have a web portal. It stores data in dynamics. However it needs to make several api calls to 3rd party. There will uid/pwd based authentication for these web apis. These api calls should also be able to made from inside one of the dynamics forms. So in terms of the bigger pictures, this needs to be a reusable component. I am thinking may be an Azure function would be suitable perhaps? which could be invoked both from Power apps Portal web page as well as Dynamics backend.

OOlashyn
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

Hi @Evangelizt ,

Yes, using Azure Function as a middle man is a good idea. Just make sure that you are protecting function API as well (see official docs here). Using Azure Function has the additional benefit of being able to easily reuse them in Power Automate flows as well. 

----------------------------------------------------
If you find this post helpful consider marking it as a solution to help others find it.
Fubar
Multi Super User
Multi Super User

If you need to know that it is an authenticated portal user that is interacting with Azure look into the oAuth Implicit Grant Flow (there are links to sample code at the bottom of the link in my previous post).

Helpful resources

Announcements

Celebrating the May Super User of the Month: Laurens Martens

@LaurensM  is an exceptional contributor to the Power Platform Community. Super Users like Laurens inspire others through their example, encouragement, and active participation. We are excited to celebrated Laurens as our Super User of the Month for May 2024.   Consistent Engagement:  He consistently engages with the community by answering forum questions, sharing insights, and providing solutions. Laurens dedication helps other users find answers and overcome challenges.   Community Expertise: As a Super User, Laurens plays a crucial role in maintaining a knowledge sharing environment. Always ensuring a positive experience for everyone.   Leadership: He shares valuable insights on community growth, engagement, and future trends. Their contributions help shape the Power Platform Community.   Congratulations, Laurens Martens, for your outstanding work! Keep inspiring others and making a difference in the community!   Keep up the fantastic work!    

Check out the Copilot Studio Cookbook today!

We are excited to announce our new Copilot Cookbook Gallery in the Copilot Studio Community. We can't wait for you to share your expertise and your experience!    Join us for an amazing opportunity where you'll be one of the first to contribute to the Copilot Cookbook—your ultimate guide to mastering Microsoft Copilot. Whether you're seeking inspiration or grappling with a challenge while crafting apps, you probably already know that Copilot Cookbook is your reliable assistant, offering a wealth of tips and tricks at your fingertips--and we want you to add your expertise. What can you "cook" up?   Click this link to get started: https://aka.ms/CS_Copilot_Cookbook_Gallery   Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to be one of the first in the Community to share your app creation journey with Copilot. We'll be announcing a Cookbook Challenge very soon and want to make sure you one of the first "cooks" in the kitchen.   Don't miss your moment--start submitting in the Copilot Cookbook Gallery today!     Thank you,  Engagement Team

Announcing Power Apps Copilot Cookbook Gallery

We are excited to share that the all-new Copilot Cookbook Gallery for Power Apps is now available in the Power Apps Community, full of tips and tricks on how to best use Microsoft Copilot as you develop and create in Power Apps. The new Copilot Cookbook is your go-to resource when you need inspiration--or when you're stuck--and aren't sure how to best partner with Copilot while creating apps.   Whether you're looking for the best prompts or just want to know about responsible AI use, visit Copilot Cookbook for regular updates you can rely on--while also serving up some of your greatest tips and tricks for the Community. Check Out the new Copilot Cookbook for Power Apps today: Copilot Cookbook - Power Platform Community.  We can't wait to see what you "cook" up!      

Tuesday Tip | How to Report Spam in Our Community

It's time for another TUESDAY TIPS, your weekly connection with the most insightful tips and tricks that empower both newcomers and veterans in the Power Platform Community! Every Tuesday, we bring you a curated selection of the finest advice, distilled from the resources and tools in the Community. Whether you’re a seasoned member or just getting started, Tuesday Tips are the perfect compass guiding you across the dynamic landscape of the Power Platform Community.   As our community family expands each week, we revisit our essential tools, tips, and tricks to ensure you’re well-versed in the community’s pulse. Keep an eye on the News & Announcements for your weekly Tuesday Tips—you never know what you may learn!   Today's Tip: How to Report Spam in Our Community We strive to maintain a professional and helpful community, and part of that effort involves keeping our platform free of spam. If you encounter a post that you believe is spam, please follow these steps to report it: Locate the Post: Find the post in question within the community.Kebab Menu: Click on the "Kebab" menu | 3 Dots, on the top right of the post.Report Inappropriate Content: Select "Report Inappropriate Content" from the menu.Submit Report: Fill out any necessary details on the form and submit your report.   Our community team will review the report and take appropriate action to ensure our community remains a valuable resource for everyone.   Thank you for helping us keep the community clean and useful!

Hear what's next for the Power Up Program

Hear from Principal Program Manager, Dimpi Gandhi, to discover the latest enhancements to the Microsoft #PowerUpProgram, including a new accelerated video-based curriculum crafted with the expertise of Microsoft MVPs, Rory Neary and Charlie Phipps-Bennett. If you’d like to hear what’s coming next, click the link below to sign up today! https://aka.ms/PowerUp    

Welcome! Congratulations on joining the Power Pages community!

Welcome to the Power Pages Community!   You're now a part of a vibrant group of peers and industry experts who are here to network, share knowledge, and even have a little fun.     Now that you're a member, you can enjoy the following resources:   The Power Pages Community Forums The forums are also a great place to connect with other Power Pages community members. Check the News & Announcements section for community highlights, find out about the latest community news, and learn about the Community Team. Share your feedback, earn custom profile badges, enter challenges to win prizes, and more.   Community Blog Our community members have learned some excellent tips and have keen insights on the future of business analysis. Head on over to the Community Blog to read the latest posts from around the world. Let us know if you'd like to become an author and contribute your own writing — everyone is welcome.   And that’s not all, we have Galleries of additional information such as the Community Connections & How To Videos & Webinars & Video Gallery and more to motivate, educate and inspire you.   Again, welcome to the Power Pages community family, we are so happy you have joined us! Whether you are brand new to the world of data or you are a seasoned veteran - our goal is to shape the community to be your ‘go to’ for support, networking, education, inspiration and encouragement as we enjoy this adventure together! Let us know in the Community Feedback forum if you have any questions or comments about your community experience, but for now – head on over to the forums Get Help with Power Pages and dive right in!   To learn more about the community and your account be sure to visit our Community Support Area. We look forward to seeing you in the Power Pages Community!   The Power Pages Community Team  

Users online (3,172)