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How to get values computed by API workflow to be displayed on frontend?

I have a workflow triggered by a submit button click (in this order):

  • call an API workflow
  • this API workflow computes some values and store them in database
  • frontend displays those values by querying the database

PROBLEM:

  • 25% of the time, the frontend does NOT display the values (I presume because the database is not populated yet, and frontend “moves” faster than the backend)
  • i believe API workflow cannot return any values (correct me if I’m wrong), that’s why I’m querying the database directly

What should I do to let the frontend display the values 100% of the time? Thanks!