Free REST API Security guide

March 31, 2019 Comments Off on Free REST API Security guide

If you’ve worked with both major varieties of API (Web services & REST) for any length of time, you’ll know that the approach to security varies widely between them. In the Web services world, there are numerous standards bodies and security guidelines, such as:

These are just a few examples of what’s out there.

Thanks to all of this ancillary work, a common (mis)perception has sprung up that Web services are more secure than REST APIs. While there’s a kernel of truth to this assumption, REST APIs now benefit from their own set of security standards and best practices. To give you a better idea of what these are, check out this helpful eBook on Dzone, written by Guy Levin, CTO of RestCase.

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Swagger Inspector from SmartBear: a very nice free online tool for testing APIs

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.

We’ll be incorporating Swagger Inspector into our SoapUI Pro training as well as our multi-model database design training course.

Comprehensive API survey now available from SmartBear

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.

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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

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You can download this excellent resource here.

Data-Driven API testing Webinar recording now available

November 3, 2015 Comments Off on Data-Driven API testing Webinar recording now available

I had a great time talking with Paul Bruce from SmartBear last week about all the great things you can do with data-driven API testing . If you’d like to view the slides, hear the recording, or see the demo, be sure to check out the recording here.

Presenting a Data-driven API Testing Webinar with SmartBear on October 28

October 15, 2015 Comments Off on Presenting a Data-driven API Testing Webinar with SmartBear on October 28

As long as computers are incapable of interacting telepathically, APIs will continue to serve as the predominant approach for cross-system communication over the Internet.

Alas, comprehensive API testing continues to occupy a distressingly low position on the software development To Do list. This is a shame, because there are some fantastic technologies and associated best practices that make it possible to quickly, easily, and thoroughly evaluate APIs for reliability, accuracy, and performance.

Since data-driven probes are some of the most effective techniques to determine if an API is ready for production, Paul Bruce from SmartBear and I will be presenting a technically-focused Webinar on how to employ winning data-oriented strategies in your testing.

To register for the Webinar, click here.

Increased reliance on APIs demands more effective testers

May 30, 2015 Comments Off on Increased reliance on APIs demands more effective testers

It seems everywhere you look these days, someone is extolling the virtues of APIs. For example, here’s an article from Fortune that highlights how APIs are serving as competitive differentiators.

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However, those enterprises that are placing such emphasis on their APIs must appreciate that they also need to invest in their testing staff with proper tooling and training. I recently wrote about this on the SmartBear blog, which you can read here.

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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.

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