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SmartBear Automates API Testing

By Tara Seals
March 04, 2016

For developers, it’s more important than ever to make sure application programming interfaces (APIs) work properly, considering that software integration and applications have become critical building blocks of business functions and revenue streams.

To that end, SmartBear Software has released Ready! API TestServer, an automated API testing solution to allow developers to find bugs faster and speed the delivery of APIs.

“The way our customers deliver APIs is changing.” said John Purcell, vice president of products, API Readiness, SmartBear. “Particularly in the enterprise, it’s not enough to ship a well-designed API. You need to prove its accuracy, its resilience and its scalability to both internal and external stakeholders. Simply put, when you provide developers an easy way to test an API before handing it off, you reduce future cost and risk.”

Ready! API TestServer, the latest addition to SmartBear’s API quality platform, attempts to provide a new approach to automated API testing that simplifies activities between developers and testing engineers. Now, both developers and testing experts can express tests as code to integrate functional testing earlier in development cycles; dynamically generate test recipes through scripts and other frameworks; and execute parallel testing processes on a consolidated set of resources.

For example, client libraries for Java allow developers who are already using jUnit for unit testing to now conduct functional validation using Java code as part of their integration testing phase. Automating both unit and functional testing with real data allows enterprise developers to catch bugs otherwise missed by unit testing under isolated conditions.

After developers run integration tests, these “recipes” can be reused by QA in other Ready! API desktop tools to verify functional, performance and security characteristics of APIs. Likewise, automation engineers can also include test recipes written for TestServer into their continuous integration (CI) environments. Finally, operations teams can use these tests to monitor APIs in production environments and confirm end-to-end quality of deployed applications and services.

The stakes will only get higher as more and more app-centric connected devices come online. “The need for API testing and service virtualization is becoming increasingly important as IT organizations develop bimodal capability to support mobile, digital business transformation initiatives and the Internet of Things (IoT),” research firm Gartner explained in a recent brief. “The rapid adoption of agile and SOA-based solutions to support business agility demands that development and test organizations change approaches and tools to drive a broader, more accurate view of complex system quality.”

Ready! API TestServer can be installed on Linux-based or Windows servers, in a cloud-native environment or on premise.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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