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Since February of this year, ProgrammableWeb has been tracking APIs that provide access to data related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This article highlights the available APIs. The World Health Organization now reports that the virus has infected over 40,000,000 people across more than 200 countries.
Google recently announced a feature update to its Google Cloud Storage documentation; placeholder variables that can be replaced within the code samples. This new feature lets a developer use custom variables within a code sample making for a more relevant and understandable documentation.
One proven method of engaging with decision makers who visit your portal is to show example use cases that address how your APIs can solve a developer's specific problems. This article looks at how Western Union leverages use cases to improve the DX for visitors to its API portal.
Organizations across the world have been joining forces to host global hackathons aimed at solving the myriad issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ProgrammableWeb has been tracking these competitions to provide developers with details on how to get involved.
As part of our ongoing series on best in class API portals, this article looks at Stripe, a payments technology provider, and the features that make its API reference stand out. Stripe gets the basics right, but also adds lots of little details that go a long way towards creating a great DX.
Good API portals meet developers where they are in terms of technology and language choice by offering SDKs and sample code in languages that are appropriate for developers. This article looks at TomTom’s developer portal that treats its SDKs as a first-class citizen on par with their API offerings.
This article looks at Twilio, a communications platform provider that enables phones, VoIP, and messaging to be embedded into Web, desktop, and mobile software. Twilio’s developer portal does a fantastic job with its case studies that help educate visitors who are still in a decision-making mode.
Stream’s API portal has nailed the critical part of the DX called Time to Hello API. The getting started guide helps users onboard with minimal friction and lets them see how the API works under several use cases, all within five minutes. This helped Stream earn an Editor's Choice Award for DX.
A bot-driven Learning Lab that helps developers to get up and running very quickly with Github's API was among the unique features and other well-executed aspects of the company's API developer portal that helped it to earn ProgrammableWeb's first Editor's Choice Award for Developer Experience.
GraphQL makes using an API a more flexible undertaking, but it can come with the cost of increased complexity. This is where the benefit of third party GraphQL tools comes into play. GraphQL Editor uses the notion of visual programming to allow developers to create full-fledged APIs in GraphQL.
With the most recent release of its namesake product, Postman is now capable of working with GraphQL-based APIs. ProgrammableWeb decided to take a closer look by reviewing the new feature. Postman is a utility that allows developers to execute HTTP requests against a given URL.
In this part of the API testing series, we take a look at LoadView, a combination monitoring and load testing tool. If your company has a DevOps role, that may be the main user. Otherwise, this tool will most likely be used by a combination of people in testing and development roles.
SmartBear has released a tool that it says is helpful for the testing that API providers might do during the API lifecycle. For example, it can reverse engineer an API definition by inspecting existing API calls. However, the experience is marred by several references to the Swagger specification.
Many software testers get by with a small toolset but testing an API requires expanding on that. New tools emerge and others go out of fashion every day, but at least we can make a list of what is relevant right now. Here are some suggestions to help your process of choosing an API testing tool.
In this part of the API Testing Series, we review a tool called API Fortress that is billed as both a test tool and an API health tool, implying a focus on reliability and monitoring in production. Here's a closer look at API Fortress, its feature set, who might use it, and the current price models.
This part of the API Testing Series looks at API Metrics, an API monitoring tool. API Metrics has two main functions: API monitoring, for taking the pulse of your API product and user experience; and SLA measurement to monitor the performance of third-party APIs that integrate with your product.
This part of the API Testing Series looks at API Science, an API monitoring and reporting tool that's set up in an environment to collect information and alert users when something happens. Rather than being a tool for users to interact with an API directly, API Science allows them to observe.
Today in our API Testing Series we'll take a look at Postman. While Postman is now an API development suite for individual developers and teams, it got its start as a basic HTTP client for testing APIs. In this article we'll use Postman to create an API test suite running against the Trello API.
This installment of the API Testing series will focus on using SmartBear's Ready API testing solution to test an API. With it you can do load testing, security testing, and service virtualization. If you follow these steps, you'll create an actual API test suite running against the Trello API.