ServiceV – a superb service virtualization technology for the API and Agile era

March 1, 2015 Comments Off on ServiceV – a superb service virtualization technology for the API and Agile era

I’ve been working with SoapUI since its earliest days, and I’m very excited about the direction that SmartBear is taking the Ready! API platform, which includes products such as SoapUI NG Pro, LoadUI NG Pro, Security, and ServiceV Pro.

At WiseClouds we deliver classes and supporting consulting services on all these exciting solutions, and we’re honored that SmartBear directly sells these courses to their clients. Many of our students go on to earn their SoapUI certification after attending these classes.

Mock services have long been one of the most useful features in SoapUI. Customers use mock services to quickly stand up virtual versions of the real services (SOAP and REST) that are in development. They can then construct their tests using these virtual services and then quickly switch over to the live services once they’re ready. Some of these enterprises have come up with really creative uses for mock services, including simulating middleware, third party APIs, telecom switches, and all sorts of other scenarios.

ServiceV represents a bold step forward for SmartBear, offering tremendous new functionality (such as assertions, datasources, and simulation for network latency and message buses – to name just a few) for creating virtual services, which are now known as Virts.

ServiceV is an idea whose time has come, for two primary reasons:

1. The rise of the API economy

It’s no secret that APIs are more essential than even before: it’s nearly impossible to go through your day without interacting with an API, whether or not you know it. They are the foundation of modern software, infrastructure, and the entire Internet. And APIs commonly invoke other APIs, which is an enormous increase in complexity.

This means that properly testing these assets is not an optional responsibility: it’s mandatory, and will continue to gain in importance. Failing to adequately test APIs can be disastrous – just read the news most days for the latest examples of outages, breakins, and other API failures.

ServiceV makes it easy to develop comprehensive tests that truly reflect the realities of the modern, API-based information-processing environment.

2. The advent of Agile delivery methodologies for software

Thanks to Agile techniques, software of all types – including APIs – is delivered much more frequently now. In many organizations, the quality assurance team is finding it nearly impossible to keep pace with the frenetic schedules driven by these practices.

ServiceV is a way for architects, developers, and operations staff to provide something for their quality assurance colleagues to use while the actual services are still being shaped and refined.

At WiseClouds, we’re so enthusiastic about what ServiceV represents that in addition to our current training and consulting solutions, we’ll be launching an exciting new Software as a Service offering that’s built upon ServiceV. If you’d like to learn more about that, be sure to subscribe to the blog and I’ll keep you posted.

Ready! API/SoapUI NG Pro on-demand training and certification now available

December 31, 2014 Comments Off on Ready! API/SoapUI NG Pro on-demand training and certification now available

I’m happy to announce that the current SoapUI Pro on-demand training course has been updated to showcase the new capabilities present in Ready! API and SoapUI NG Pro: the next generation of SmartBear’s award-winning API testing solutions.

You can learn more here.

Webinar on Data-driven API Testing Using Ready! API and SoapUI NG Pro

November 13, 2014 Comments Off on Webinar on Data-driven API Testing Using Ready! API and SoapUI NG Pro

Far too many software services and APIs are placed into production without comprehensive, data-driven testing. This oversight often results in unnecessary software flaws, service outages, sluggish performance, and frustrated users.

On Monday November 24 at 10:00 PST (18:00 GMT), I’ll be presenting a Webinar along with Jim Holmes from Falafel Software. We’ll cover the following essential topics during this 45-minute event.

  • The importance of using lots of realistic data to test your Web, REST, JMS, and other services
  • Feeding your service tests with data from diverse sources such as spreadsheets, flat files, and relational databases
  • Employing dynamic, data-driven assertions to validate service responses in real-time
  • Querying back-end databases to confirm service and API responses

We’ll illustrate these concepts with practical examples using SmartBear’s Ready! API and SoapUI NG Pro technology. You can sign up here, and even if you can’t make the live event we’ll send you a recording afterwards.

Ready! API and SoapUI NG Pro: the next step in delivering mission-critical APIs

October 31, 2014 Comments Off on Ready! API and SoapUI NG Pro: the next step in delivering mission-critical APIs

I’ve been designing, developing, and testing APIs for many years. APIs used to be of interest primarily to narrow constituencies such as architects and developers. That’s no longer the case: today, APIs constitute the foundation of Service Oriented Architecture, and thus most modern applications.

SoapUI has long been considered the premier service-testing tool. Over the past 7 years, WiseClouds has participated in the incredible growth of the SoapUI ecosystem by offering training, certification, and consulting services.

From its inception, SoapUI has been an elegant, powerful technology, but as the years have gone by, it’s matured into something much more than a testing tool. In fact, it’s now a platform containing all the technology necessary to place an API into service.

I’m very excited about the direction the product is taking, with the release of Ready! API containing SoapUI NG  (next generation) and related technologies for service virtualization, load testing, and security. We’re expanding our training classes and certification to cover all of this new functionality.

I’ll be blogging about some of the new capabilities in Ready! API, but for now you can learn more here.

SoapUI Pro On-Demand Training and Certification now available

June 10, 2014 § 1 Comment

I’m happy to announce the availability of on-demand training for SoapUI Pro, along with a comprehensive certification exam. This extensive, self-paced training course gives you all the tools you need to get the most from SoapUI Pro. After you’ve learned about SoapUI Pro’s far-reaching architecture, you’ll discover how to put SoapUI Pro’s features to work to build powerful unit, functional, and security tests.

The class is composed of 3 ½ hours of lectures along with dozens of straightforward, easy-to-understand examples and demonstrations. More than 150 questions will measure your comprehension of the materials, and thus prepare you for the optional SoapUI Pro certification exam.

Here’s a link to the class syllabus; below is a small class sample. 

If you’d like to learn more and register, click here.

Mission-Critical Service Testing Fundamental #6: “Test Your Services Under Anticipated Load” Webinar is now available

March 23, 2014 § 1 Comment

Load testing is an essential, but often overlooked aspect of making sure your services are ready for prime time. If this topic interests you, be sure to check out the next installment of my ongoing series on service testing best practices. You’ll find the newest Webinar here.

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Mission-Critical Service Testing Fundamental #5: “Fully Track Your Test Results” Webinar is now available

January 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

The fifth episode of my ongoing seven part series on service testing best practices is now available on the SmartBear blog. In this installment, I talk about why it’s so critical that you keep a record of your test results. The Webinar is available here.

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Mission-Critical Service Testing Fundamental #4: “Get The Most Productivity From Your Developers and Testers” Webinar is now available

October 29, 2013 § 1 Comment

The fourth installment of my seven part series on service testing best practices is now up on the SmartBear blog. This time, I describe how important it is to make sure that your development and testing teams are working well together. The Webinar is available here.

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Mission-Critical Service Testing Fundamental #3: “Make Sure Your Services Are Secure” Webinar is now available

September 1, 2013 § 1 Comment

SmartBear has just published the third Webinar in my seven part series of best practices for service and API testing. In this latest episode, I talk about why it’s so important to include security in your service testing plans. You’ll find it here.

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Mission-Critical Service Testing Fundamental #2: “Test with Realistic Data” Webinar is now available

June 15, 2013 § 1 Comment

SmartBear has just published the second Webinar in my seven part series of best practices for service and API testing. In this installment, I point out the importance of using lots of realistic data when testing your services. You’ll find it here.

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