Deploy Friday: Your source for everything Open Source

#37: Be an API integration genius with Pizzly

August 11, 2021 Robert Douglass, Guillaume Montard, Cédric Fabianski, Alice Warnier Season 1 Episode 37
Deploy Friday: Your source for everything Open Source
#37: Be an API integration genius with Pizzly
Show Notes

Bearer: good tidings for developers
Pizzly is an open source, OAuth integration proxy created by Bearer. It handles dozens of pre-configured APIs like Asana, Basecamp, Salesforce, Slack, Google Sheets, and more, and lets you quickly add even more APIs with a generic JSON configuration schema. Says Guillaume, Co-Founder and CEO of Bearer, “Pizzly is all about being able to connect to APIs in very fast and simple ways.”

How Pizzly does it
Pizzly’s dashboard lets you enable and configure the APIs, then you “click a button and do the OAuth handshake”, and they are connected. Pizzly then stores this information for future use. Guillaume explains how it works. “In your own application you call the Slack API through the proxy with a magic Bearer token, basically, and that’s it. You don’t have to think about authentication or the token anymore. That’s all done for you automatically.”

Taking the pain out of APIs
As active members of the open source community, Bearer kept hearing from developers that they were wasting too much time authenticating and refreshing tokens when connecting to APIs. Says Guillaume, “This is really the biggest pain point we’ve discovered and discussed with developers. We’re in 2021 now and we use APIs everyday, and if it takes 2-3 hours just to be able to test the endpoint of an API, that’s 2-3 hours too many for us.” With Pizzly, Guillaume says, you can get down from 45 minutes to 5 minutes, a huge time-saving difference for developers, not to mention a big increase in ease and simplicity.

Pizzly is open source all the way
Pizzly is used by companies like Typeform and Pento, and the project has over 700 stars and counting on GitHub. Bearer has always been clear about their goal with Pizzly: to give it away to the community. Says Alice Warnier, Growth Marketing Lead at Bearer, “We believe the community is cleverer than all of us.”

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