Compass Connector Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Compass Connector?

The Compass Connector™ is a W3C-compliant Web Service that provides an Application Programming Interface (API) to the Compass™ Business Management System. The complete Compass Ecommerce Engine™ is made available through the Compass Connector.

What can the Compass Connector do?

The Compass Connector allows programmers to integrate external programs with Compass. Information contained within Compass that is related to processing ecommerce transactions is made available for both input and output.

What standard was used when creating the Compass Connector?

The Compass Connector follows the international standard for a Web Service. The Compass Connector is compliant with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Service definition, the international authority for this web protocol.

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What is the use of the Compass Connector?

The Compass Connector is the official and supported way to programmatically communicate with the Compass Business Management System.

What programming language must I use to communicate with the Compass Connector?

There no one single programming language that must be used. The majority of web programming languages can communicate with a web service. Officially, any language that is capable of using the SOAP protocol will work. SOAP, originally defined as the Simple Object Access Protocol, uses XML (eXtensible Markup Language) messages for posting information to, and getting information from, a web service. If the language is capable of manipulating XML and performing an HTTP Post and Get, then it will work. Popular languages include, but are not limited to, ASP.Net, Java, JavaScript, Perl, and PHP.

How is the Compass Connector API documented?

The Compass Connector API (Application Programming Interface) is self-documenting through WSDL (Web Service Definition Language) and ancillary documentation that shows examples of interfacing with the Compass Connector.

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