Learn this quick tip to reduce the number of API requests and speed up your payments integration.
Reducing API Requests
Reducing the number of network calls in any web application is a great way to improve not only speed, but reliability of code. Just imagine we have a worker unit that asks Stripe for a Customer, Card, and Invoice via three separate API requests. Not only is this slower than making a single network call, it also triples our chance for errors or failures.
In this first attempt, we simply fetch the refund from stripe and ask for the balance transaction in a separate request.
We can definitely improve this by using the
expand parameter to fetch the balance transaction at the same time as the refund.
Notice that we pass a Hash to
retrieve instead of just an identifier. We spent awhile debugging and digging through the Stripe Ruby gem source before noticing why the
expand parameter was being ignored.
We were also sad to see that it is not possible to expand properties for a
Stripe API Docs
You can read more about expanding multiple objects on the official Stripe Docs.