January 30, 2018 Comments Off on Swagger Inspector from SmartBear: a very nice free online tool for testing APIs
SmartBear, makers of ReadyAPI (the most comprehensive and widely adopted Web service and REST API testing platform) have just released an excellent, free tool for carrying out quick and easy interactions with your API.
Swagger Inspector does a superb job of working with APIs (all HTTP methods are available), and it supports parameters, authentication & headers, and message payloads. It even generates OpenAPI documentation. If you’re designing, developing, testing, or simply using an API, you’ll want to check out this exciting new offering.
August 31, 2017 Comments Off on SoapUI training & certification track at SmartBear Connect on September 12
If you’re going to be in the Boston area on September 12, and would like to learn how to deliver high quality APIs by applying robust functional, performance, and security tests, be sure to check out the special training course that will take place during the SmartBear Connect user conference.
This all-day class – which is usually only available for private organizations – will be delivered by SmartBear’s Mike Giller using a significant subset of the training materials WiseClouds presents during private sessions. Mike will discuss:
- The ReadyAPI Platform
- Establishing Connectivity to your APIs
- Developing Functional Tests
- Validating API Responses with Assertions
- Data-Driven Testing & Programmatic Test Control
- Performance Testing & Virtualization
- Best Practices for ReadyAPI
Along with increasing your skill levels, attending this class will prepare you for the optional SoapUI certification exam. And to make things even more interesting, there will be additional tracks and events dedicated to the other major components in SmartBear’s far-reaching product portfolio.
You can learn more here.
July 31, 2017 Comments Off on On-demand graph database design and modeling training/certification now available
Until fairly recently, the impressive benefits provided by graph databases have been restricted to the most sophisticated – and deep pocketed – technology organizations such as Facebook and LinkedIn. But with the rise of flexible, powerful, and affordable offerings such as OrientDB, it’s now possible for every enterprise to realize the advantages of graph databases.
I’m happy to announce that WiseClouds is partnering with OrientDB to produce a series of training courses and companion certification exams. These classes are available in a variety of formats, including video-on-demand, multi-day live courses presented over the Web for private enterprises as well events open to the public, and onsite deliveries.
If you’re interested in learning how to take advantage of everything that a graph database has to offer, I encourage you to check out the OrientDB Multi-Model Database: Modeling, Design & Interaction class. A subscription through the end of 2017 is available for a limited time at $49, which also includes the official OrientDB certification exam. It provides 2 ½ hours of valuable content, including:
- RDBMS Challenges
- Introduction to NoSQL & Supporting Technologies
- Graph Databases Overview
- OrientDB Capabilities & Multi-Model Architecture
- Modeling a Graph Database
- Taking Advantage of Inheritance and Polymorphism
- Interacting with your Graph Database via APIs
- Writing Powerful Queries using Standard SQL
To help you get up to speed quickly, all the lessons are bolstered with easy-to-understand illustrations and multifaceted examples.
June 30, 2017 Comments Off on Three day graph database training in July
For years, graph databases have underpinned core operations at the most sophisticated social networks (such as Facebook and LinkedIn). Thanks to factors such as software advances and more affordable hardware environments, these databases are now within reach of every business and government entity, much as numerous other advanced technologies have now graduated into mainstream deployments.
Many enterprises are now using graph databases as the foundation for diverse applications such as financial fraud detection, targeted advertising, and genomics – to name just a few. I’ve been working with – and writing about – relational databases for many years, and I’m tremendously excited about how graph databases will change everything about the way data is gathered, stored, and most importantly: utilized.
If you’re getting started on your graph database journey, I encourage you to take part in our upcoming training class featuring OrientDB: the industry-leading multi-model database which is equally adept at working with graph *and* document data. Over the course of three days (July 17 – 19), we’ll provide in-depth coverage of essential topics such as database design/modeling, application development, and administration.
You can learn more here.
April 30, 2017 Comments Off on Software Quality Matters blog: Five API Development & Testing Trends
SmartBear has just published an article that I wrote about five widespread development and testing changes that are dramatically disrupting the ways that APIs are being evaluated prior to being placed into production.
In a nutshell, these trends are:
- Business-driven API design and development.
- Agile methodologies
- Test automation
- API complexity outstripping testing capabilities
- New dangers for siloed testing
If you’d like to check it out, visit the posting here.
October 30, 2016 Comments Off on Why the recent Internet of Things (IoT) attack is just the beginning
A few days ago we witnessed a new type of distributed denial of service (DDoS) incident. Unlike previous botnet attacks that enlisted compromised computers, this one corralled assorted unprotected devices like Internet-ready webcams, DVRs, and baby monitors to flood Domain Name System (DNS) servers, and thereby seriously degrade the Internet for hours. I’ll leave the explanation of the mechanics of this incident to more qualified commentators, but I do want to weigh in on why I think these types of events are very hard to combat and why I’m very skeptical about the hype around the Internet of Things (IoT).
We all (well, many of us) know how important it is to keep our computers and software patched and up-to-date; most people also get why firewalls are essential. But consider these facts about IoT devices:
- They’re being created for just about every industry. This diversity means that it’s much harder for the entire universe of vendors to agree on common security standards: defining safeguards for a heart pump is a little different than for a Web-ready washing machine. I’ve served on my share of standards committees: to say that they move slowly is an understatement!
- They have really short development cycles. IoT is shaping up to be a brutally competitive landscape. The winners will be those vendors that deliver solutions to market quickly. Designing and building strong security safeguards takes time, and time is money. The end result is that device protection takes a back seat to market pressures.
- There’s limited space for security software. Margins are very thin on hardware devices: security-focused onboard storage space adds costs that aren’t directly related to functionality.
- They frequently rely on APIs for communication. I’ve blogged about API security in the past. Suffice it to say that it’s a rare API that’s locked down properly.
- New models are always coming on the market. Here’s the really scary part: even if vendors do start getting their security act together, it will be years before today’s highly insecure devices get retired. Meanwhile, they’ll be standing by for their next set of DDoS orders.
July 25, 2016 Comments Off on Announcing Swagger training & certification
Whether they’re employed internally, externally, or both, APIs are vital assets that connect systems, streamline workflows, and make every type of integration possible. In fact, beyond strengthening operational efficiency and enabling cross-system communication, APIs now serve as competitive differentiators for many organizations. It’s no exaggeration to point out that renowned technology-driven businesses such as Uber, AirBnB, or eBay live and die on the quality and performance of their APIs, and this intense reliance is spreading across every industry.
Swagger – and its ecosystem of standards and products – is in the process of transforming the ways that APIs are designed, developed, tested, and supported. I’m happy to announce that my colleague Chris Riley has created an outstanding one-day training and certification program to help enterprises get the most out of Swagger.
Chris is a world-class expert on DevOps, Continuous Integration, and everything else related to how modern APIs are being created, and this deep knowledge comes across in his courseware. He also happens to be a great trainer who is committed to helping his students gain the proficiency they need.
Organizations can send individuals to public Webinars, schedule a private Webinar, or even have an instructor deliver the class onsite. To learn more, visit SmartBear’s registration page.
July 1, 2016 Comments Off on Helpful REST API 101 guide available online
For software developers and architects tasked with creating programmatic interfaces to their applications, there’s been a longstanding debate between utilizing the structure and standards of SOAP-based Web services versus offering the freedom and flexibility of REST APIs.
In the midst of all these deliberations, I’ve observed a great deal of confusion about what, exactly, defines a REST API. SmartBear has come up with a helpful resource that provides a nice overview of the origins, attributes, and goals of REST APIs. You can view the guide here.
If you’re interested in learning more about REST API design, development, and testing, check out my other postings on the subject.
February 29, 2016 Comments Off on Comprehensive API survey now available from SmartBear
I’ve been designing, developing, testing, and optimizing APIs for many years. I’m encouraged by the increasing amounts of attention that these critical enterprise assets are now garnering.
SmartBear has recently conducted an all-encompassing survey of more than 2,300 developers, testers, IT/operations professionals and business leaders representing over 50 different industries and 104 countries. This is essential reading for anyone seeking to learn more about the state of the API landscape.
It covers topics such as:
- API technology and tool trends
- Top opportunities and challenges in the API space
- API development and delivery approaches
- API consumer expectations and priorities
- Keys to ensuring API quality and optimizing performance
You can download this excellent resource here.