How to prevent a records from being returned in response to a Web Service call if they have been sent in the previous call?

    global class DemoController {



     global static List<Account> getRecords (){
     List<Account> demoRecords = [Select ID, name, ........  
                    FROM Account 
                    WHERE... ];



When I first call this GET METHOD from POstman, say it returns 5 records.

Now, within 5 minutes, 2 more records got inserted in Salesforce.

After 5 minutes when i call this webservice again, I want only the 2 records to be returned by the webservice.

My idea is to create a field call 'Sent To External App'. when the external app calls the webservice, it should only get the records from SF, where 'Sent To External App' is false.

What I am no understanding is, how to make the ''Sent To External App' true after record was sent in the 1st call.

  • 2
    Instead of your webservice and client being a pull model (I.e. performing an HTTP GET), can your third party client subscribe when new records or events happen? Commented Nov 25, 2019 at 15:37
  • If the external system can't subscribe to events, then you could have your GET method store a timestamp value in Custom Metadata or Custom Setting and query records based on the timestamp. Commented Nov 25, 2019 at 15:54

1 Answer 1


Since it's possible for a delivery failure, it would be a better idea to allow the client to specify the last known timestamp so it can resume from there:

@HttpGet global static Account[] getRecords(DateTime lastKnownTime) {
    return [SELECT ... FROM Account WHERE LastModifiedDate >= :lastKnownTime AND ...];

The client should send the parameter to the service:


This value can be derived from the most recent timestamp from the returned records from a previous call.

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