API testing tools and frameworks

which api testing framework to use

Api development lifecycle

Application development lifecycle defines how we plan, deliver, test and maintain technology products.

As api first pattern is growing in popularity, automated quality assurance becomes one of the key parts of such lifecycle.

Test driven development is a software development practice which describes the pattern of writing tests before implementing software.

This post lists multiple api testing frameworks and tools which can be used for testing the apis. Stand alone or as part of software development lifecycle.

Why use Apigee api bootstrap framework?

apigee api bootstrap framework by popularowl

Apigee api gateway

Api gateway architecture pattern is widely adopted across cloud native technology stacks. We wrote the detailed post describing the pros and cons of this pattern.

Apigee api gateway is widely adopted by enterprises and is one of the most used api management platforms from the list of api gateway products.

While designing and building Apigee powered api centric products and platforms for the last few years, we have developed Apigee api project blueprint framework.

This post describes the philosophy and details behind Apigee bootstrap framework. And why you would benefit using it for your own projects.

Build API mocks with Amokjs

api mocking with nodejs and amokjs

Overview

API contract mocking is often used within application development lifecycle where required backend services are not yet available or not yet stable.

This post is about building REST service mocks in order to decouple and speed up application development.

In this tutorial, we will create 2 example API mocks by using the open source API mocking framework Amokjs.

One of the mocks will be lightweight Nodejs application and the second one will be Apigee bootstrap based API mock deployable on Apigee Api gateway platform.

Let’s get started.

API integration and mocking. Most popular frameworks

api mocking tools and frameworks

This post summarises the benefits of using backend service mocks during APIs development. It lists the most popular API mocking frameworks and libraries used across the industry. Read the API mocking tutorial for practical steps.

Why we need mocks?

Mocking is part of software development lifecycle in almost every organization.

Why its so common?

In times of continuos deployment and DevOps practices – automation is the key element of modern software development lifecycle.

Automation allows development teams to utilise the array of software tools to significantly increase the productivity and software quality and faster time to market.

However, in order to continuously develop and test applications you have to handle multiple dependencies.

Many times, the dependencies are not under our control. We have no influence how these dependency systems are developed, released or tested.

This is where mocking comes to the rescue.

API gateway evaluation checklist

API gateway checklist

API Gateway pattern

Adoption of microservices architecture allows technology teams to split software components into the smaller, independently deliverable chunks.

And adopt continuous delivery across independent teams.

However, the use of multiple data access points creates the uncertainty among client application developers.

How to maintain the common conventions, versioning, structure across array of services in most cases owned by multiple independent teams?

API gateway architecture pattern is recognised as the most efficient way of addressing the above challenges.

Common, edge layer functionality like API versioning, API security, access control, caching etc. is maintained in the API gateway layer.

API gateway then maintains a specification contract with client applications.

Why evaluation checklist?

Many organisations who choose to implement API first technology strategy, have to answer the important questions.

Should we build or buy? How do various API platform vendors compare?

The checklist we have created ( and keep up to date) at PopularOwl Labs will help you to collect and evaluate the relevant information.

This checklist is based on the experience we gained while working multiple technology organisations and helping them with API first platform design and implementation.

It covers the most common questions and pointers which have to be assessed before making final decisions.

Which API Gateway to choose?

 

 

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