17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK

The wonderful world of webhooks

16:55–17:35 Monday, 17/10/2016
Location: Sandringham Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Familiarity with APIs (useful but not required)

What you'll learn

  • Learn when webhooks are useful and how to use them in your own applications


In an increasingly connected world, APIs are key to great tools and effective workflows. But what’s better than an API? A webhook, of course. Webhooks are key building blocks of modern applications, allowing systems to exchange data in response to events.

Lorna Mitchell offers examples of webhooks currently in use “in the wild,” explores when a webhook is useful, and explains the internal design and structuring of webhook payloads. Lorna then discusses how to work with webhooks in a scalable way regardless of technology stack, how to receive and process incoming webhooks from an external system, and how to design and publish your own for use by partners or consumers.

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Lorna Mitchell


Lorna Mitchell is a Leeds-based developer advocate with IBM Cloud Data Services. She brings her technical expertise on a range of topics to audiences all over the world with her writing and speaking engagements, always delivered with a very practical slant. Lorna is the author of PHP Web Services (O’Reilly), PHP Master (Sitepoint), and Git Workbook (Leanpub) and is regularly published at a number of outlets, including net magazine and her blog, Lornajane.net.