Runbooks and Webhooks — What Are They?

Tiago Martins
Oct 1 · 4 min read
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Nowadays these types of tools are increasingly more used because of the necessity to integrate multiple systems and applications. The cloud providers were also very important for the popularization of these types of tools. They have their own services to provide these books and hooks. The second ones are increasing their popularity due to the variety of applications and websites that provide support for them.

Runbook

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These runbooks can be executed manually every time you want or can be scheduled to be executed based on a date or time. The following list shows the most relevant advantages:

  • Decreased working time
  • Defines standards for operations
  • Reduce the number of errors

Example

There are multiple examples where a runbook is a really good solution in order to automate and simplify your operations. Every time a new member of a team needs to create a database with all the necessary configurations related to the business logic of the project on its workstation, you just need to send him the runbook to do that. It will reduce the time to explain to him the rules. Also, it will avoid unwanted errors and he will start working as soon as you tell him which runbook he should execute.

Webhook

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Webhooks send data as soon as an event occurs. They are very fast and reduce the delay time to forward the data to other systems. However, and because nothing is perfect, they have some limits regarding the size of data to transfer. You are not able to sync large amounts of data. This limit size will depend on the provider that you use to create a webhook. Here is a list of some well-known webhook providers:

  • GitHub
  • GitLab
  • Heroku
  • Dropbox
  • Filestack
  • MailChimp
  • Paypal
  • Slack
  • Stripe

Example

This type of tool is very important for critical business rules because they are activated based on an event. If your company wants to be notified every time your profits are decreasing by more than 5% you need to know that as soon as possible. Webhook works as a reactive tool. When this condition was met, it will respond with the predefined action.

These books and hooks at the cloud library

Conclusion

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