SurveySparrow enables the creation of apps using a Serverless platform, allowing seamless attachment of custom handler functions. These functions are executed within a Serverless Node.js environment.

Cloud computing refers to the utilization of another party's computer resources. Similarly, Serverless computing implies a server infrastructure managed by a third party. It allows developers to execute code without being concerned about the underlying hardware or infrastructure. Both cloud and serverless services are billed based on actual usage, making them an ideal combination for integration use cases. Serverless applications are self-sustaining and automatically execute when triggered by specific functions. Now, let's explore how this mechanism operates within the SurveySparrow AppNest.

The SurveySparrow AppNest offers a Serverless environment tailored to cater to specific use cases that go beyond the capabilities of a front-end app or require enhanced security measures. This technology enables developers to build their apps completely free of cost. It's time to build seamless reactions to desired events and elegant problem-solving. SurveySparrow's Serverless apps exclusively support the Node.js runtime and are integrated into the SurveySparrow app, which may also include other components like front-end elements and configuration pages. The process of publishing serverless apps is straightforward, as no special steps or configurations are needed. Now, let's delve into the structure of the Serverless app within the SurveySparrow platform. Please create an new directory and enter the command below.

SSDK create

From products, please select SurveySparrow The templates will be listed. Select the your_first_serverless_app template. All modifications and additions to the Serverless components will be made within the server directory, serving as the foundation for building the application. The Serverless application's tree structure will be organized as follows.

├── config
│   └── iparams.json
├── manifest.json
└── server
    └── server.js

3 directories, 4 files The Serverless application contains the following: - A markdown-formatted document that provides comprehensive documentation for the code repository.

config/iparams.json - A configuration file used to set Installation parameters. Account admins can fill in these parameters during the app installation process.

manifest.json - An information-capturing file that contains details about the app. It also serves as the overall app's configuration.

server/server.js - This file is responsible for writing and exposing the Serverless functions. All additional serverless files that can be imported into this file will also be located within the same directory.

Now, let's move on to the server.js file to explore how events are registered with functions and how to create Serverless functions.

When a Serverless function needs to be accessible from outside the component, it must be exported. The exported function is then registered with a Serverless event, which will trigger the function in response to specific cases. For instance, in SurveySparrow, when a ticket is created, a corresponding event is triggered, and it can be linked to a Serverless function. Consequently, whenever this event occurs, the associated Serverless function will execute. These events are referred to as "Product events" in the SurveySparrow AppNest. The Serverless function can contain the required business logic to be executed upon the event trigger, such as handling ticket creation. Additionally, there are other Product Events available, each associated with specific events from the SurveySparrow product. Here's an example of how the Serverless function can be structured:

exports = {
  onSubmissionComplete: function (payload) {

const onSubmissionCompleteHandler = async (args) => {
  console.log('Hello, Survey Id is ' + args['data']['survey_id']);

In this example, we have the following Serverless function exported and registered with the "onSubmissionComplete" event. When a submission is completed in SurveySparrow, this function will be executed, logging a greeting message along with the Survey ID to the console. In this scenario, the "onSubmissionCompleteHandler" function is automatically executed when a submission is completed in SurveySparrow.

Testing Serverless events with the SurveySparrow product locally can be challenging due to the cloud-based nature of the product and the app not being exposed to the internet. However, SurveySparrow provides a simulation feature to test events. Let's see how to test the "onSubmissionComplete" product event:

As the app grows in complexity, tracking which areas have been tested becomes difficult. To address this, SurveySparrow provides test coverage tracking and reporting when running the app locally. To view the coverage report:

Follow the documentation to publish and install a custom app in your SurveySparrow portal using the app that has been created. Next, let's create an action in SurveySparrow that will trigger the "onSubmissionComplete" event in the installed Serverless app. Here are the steps to achieve it:

By following these steps, you can effectively trigger the "onSubmissionComplete" event and utilize the Serverless logs for monitoring and troubleshooting purposes within your SurveySparrow custom app. Note: When the business logic code runs in a Serverless app, it can only be triggered from the same installed SurveySparrow account. This restriction is a feature that ensures the security of Serverless apps.

The Serverless environment is inherently secure by default, operating within a private cloud environment where other services cannot access it without proper authentication and addressing for the function. Additionally, it ensures that no information from the frontend component of the application can be read or exposed in the browser. The installation parameters are sent to the Serverless functions as arguments in plain text, maintaining high-level security. Given this robust security, the Serverless function is an excellent option for executing secure operations instead of performing them directly on the front end. For instance, tasks like generating a secret token for external API services or encoding specific text before sending it over an HTTP request can be efficiently handled within the Serverless function. It enhances the overall application's security and data protection.

Congratulations! You have now gained valuable insights into the workings of the Serverless environment within the SurveySparrow AppNest and how it can be effectively leveraged for specific use cases. Throughout this learning journey, we covered the following key topics: Serverless environment - Understanding the fundamentals of this innovative pattern of applications, and how they operate. Serverless apps on the SurveySparrow platform - Exploring the definition of functions in a SurveySparrow Serverless app, handling errors, utilizing dependencies, and testing with simulation for smooth operation. Publish as a custom app - Discovering the process of publishing Serverless apps as custom apps and learning how to troubleshoot any potential issues that may arise. Continue your learning experience and explore further possibilities by taking a closer look at the Serverless features offered by the SurveySparrow AppNest. It will enable you to build more powerful and efficient applications using the Serverless approach. Keep up the great work, and happy coding!

Ta da 🎉! You can build apps for various events to push data to other 3rd party integration. Please refer documentation for reference.

Clone this sample app for reference and check.

git clone