Expand Your Web Requests Capability with Script.Util Functions in Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

Simplify server-side scripting. Facilitating communication with external endpoints.

Expand Your Web Requests Capability with Script.Util Functions in Salesforce Marketing Cloud.
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1๏ธโƒฃ What is a Script.Util?

๐Ÿ‘‰ Script.Util functions are server-side scripting object that allows users to send HTTP web requests to external endpoints and receive responses. It is commonly used to perform actions such as retrieving data from external APIs or sending data to external endpoints.

2๏ธโƒฃ What Script.Util functions are available?

๐Ÿ‘‰ Script.Util.HttpRequest: Allows users to send HTTP requests to external endpoints and receive responses. Users can specify the HTTP method, headers, and body, and parse the response in the desired format.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Script.Util.HttpResponse: Returns an object containing information returned from the external URL specified in the request. This object provides properties like content, contentType, encoding, headers, returnStatus, and statusCode, which give more detailed information about the response.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Script.Util.HttpGet: Performs a GET from the specified URL and interacts with HTTP headers as specified by the applicable methods. This function caches content for use in mail sends and returns a Script.Util.HttpResponse objects with the response from the GET call.

3๏ธโƒฃ How is it different from proprietary HttpPost or HttpGet AMPScript or SSJS functions?

๐Ÿ‘‰ Flexibility: It offers greater flexibility in defining the HTTP request and processing the response. Users can specify the HTTP methods, headers, and body, as well as parse the response in the desired format.

๐Ÿ‘‰ RESTful: Script.Util functions are REST oriented compared to SOAP-based WSProxy where it can only interact with SOAP objects in SFMC. This means these functions can interact with modern web applications based on the RESTful architecture.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Configuration: Script.Util functions use a consistent syntax when defining HTTP request configurations, making it easier for developers who are familiar with RESTful code practices to understand and work with the code. This can lead to increased efficiency and productivity in development projects.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Integration: With Script.Util.HttpRequest, users can easily integrate with external systems and retrieve data from them or send data to them, making it a valuable tool for a variety of marketing cloud implementations. For example, it can be used to connect to a third-party API, fetch content from a CMS or e-commerce platform, or even update data in external systems.

4๏ธโƒฃ How can you get started?

๐Ÿ‘‰ While the official documentation for Script.Util functions might be confusing for beginners, but there are many resources available that can help you learn. You can start by reviewing the official documentation

๐Ÿ”— Official documentation

๐Ÿ”— Stack Exchange posts tagged with โ€œScript.Utilโ€

๐Ÿ”— Using REST API Method in Server-Side JavaScript

๐Ÿ”— Salesforce Marketing Cloud Server-Side JavaScript (3) Platform Library

๐Ÿ”— Integration of Salesforce Marketing Cloud with External Service via SSJS REST API