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Blendbase provides single unified GraphQL API to access CRMs for SaaS solutions builders. Instead of building and maintaining various integrations with third-party apps (e.g. Salesforce, HubSpot CRM, PipeDrive, etc.), you can use Blendbase CRM API to access each of these through a single unified interface, no matter what CRM your users use. Blendbase also manages the complexity of authentication and authorization with CRMs.

Check out more at blendbase.io

Supported CRMs

  • Salesforce
  • HubSpot

Configuring Blendbase

  1. Copy .env.sample cp .env.sample .env
  2. Copy .env.sample connect-fullstack-webapp-sample/.env.sample connect-fullstack-webapp-sample/.env
  3. Generate a secret used for encrypting sensitive information and store it in SECRET_ENCRYPTION_KEY in .env: go run main.go gen-enc-key
  4. Blendbase is using JWT tokens to authenticate both Omni and Connect APIs (both client side and server-side). Generate a secret that is going to be used for encrypting JWT tokens by running openssl rand -hex 32 and store it in
  • BLENDBASE_AUTH_SECRET in ~/.env.local
  • BLENDBASE_AUTH_SECRET in ~/connect-fullstack-webapp-sample/.env
  1. docker-compose build
  2. docker-compose up
  3. Go to http://localhost:3000/ to see the sample Connect app, follow the instructions below on configuring CRM integrations
  4. Run go run main.go gen-auth-token --consumer-id c6a82fd9-7e22-40c2-8bf2-db58a40839a9 to obtain an authentication token (the used consumer ID is preconfigured for test purposes)
  5. Go to http://localhost:8080/ and configure HTTP headers (replace $token with the value from the previous step)

{
  "Authorization": "Bearer $token"
}
  1. Test Omni API with the query

query {
  crm {
    contacts {
      edges {
        node {
          id
          name
        }
      }
    }
  }
}

Connecting to Salesforce

  1. Login to your instances of Salesforce or create a new one at https://login.salesforce.com/ as an admin
  2. Go to Settings > Setup > Apps > App Manager
  3. Click on “New Connected App”
    1. Fill out the name and contact email
    2. Enable “Enable OAuth Settings”
    3. Fill out “Callback URL” with https://example.com – we will change it later
    4. In the “Selected OAuth Scopes” select:
      1. Manage user data via APIs (api)
      2. Perform Requests at any time (…)
    5. Click “Save”
  4. Set “Consumer Key” and “Consumer Secret” to h at http://localhost:3000/ (SALESFORCE_CLIENT_ID and SALESFORCE_CLIENT_SECRET in .env for development and testing).

Connecting to HubSpot

  1. Log in to or create a new instance of HubSpot at https://app.hubspot.com/login as admin
  2. Go to Settings (cog icon in the top-left)
  3. Sidebar. Integrations > Private Apps.
  4. Click “Create a private app”
  5. Give it a name, e.g. “Blendbase app”
  6. Switch to “Scopes” in the header and select:
    1. crm.objects.companies – Read & Write
    2. crm.objects.contacts – Read & Write
    3. crm.objects.deals – Read & Write
  7. Click “Create app”
  8. In app view page navigate to “Access token” section and copy the Access token, store it in “Integration Secret” at http://localhost:3000/ (HUBSPOT_ACCESS_TOKEN in the .env file for development and tests).

API

APIs:

  • Connect API for managing your consumers and integrations with CRMs
  • Omni API for interacting with CRM objects like contacts, notes, deals, etc.

API authentication is done via the Authorization header which should have a JWT token encoded with the value of the BLENDBASE_AUTH_SECRET environment variable. The JWT token should have the cunsomer_id claim that represents the current Consumer on behalf of whom CRM is being called. See jwt.js for an example.

Development

DB Setup

  1. Set up Postgres database

createuser -d blendbase
createdb -O blendbase blendbase
  1. Run go run main.go db:migrate to migrate the database
  2. Run go run main.go db:seed to init DB with test data

Running the server

  1. go run main.go server
  2. Go to http://localhost:8080/ to use GraphQL Playground
  3. Execute the query

GraphQL Generation

Blendbase is using gqlgen to generate the code based on the schema located at /graph/schema.graphqls. After updating the schema make sure to run go run github.com/99designs/gqlgen generate

Sample connect React application

Sample React connect app is used to demonstrate how blendbase can be integrated into a React app.

Setup

  1. cd connect-fullstack-webapp-sample
  2. cp .env.sample .env
  3. Make sure to assigned a value for BLENDBASE_AUTH_SECRET (see API Authentication section above)
  4. yarn install – to install the dependencies
  5. Run curl http://localhost:3000/api/fetchConsumerID in directory of the React app. That will call Blendbase API and will create and new consumer. Follow the instruction in the output of the API call.
  6. yarn run dev – to run the app

Testing

make sure you have .env.test file in your root directory. You can copy .env.sample if you are doing this for the first time:

cp .env.sample .env.test

To run all the tests:

go test -v ./...

Run a specific file:

go test -v blendbase/connectors/salesforce

Disable cache:

go test -count 1 -v ...

License

Blendbase monorepo uses multiple licenses.

The license for a particular work is defined with following prioritized rules:

  1. License directly present in the file
  2. LICENSE file in the same directory as the work
  3. First LICENSE found when exploring parent directories up to the project top level directory
  4. Defaults to Elastic License 2.0

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