Restlet today announced a new version of Restlet Studio; a Web-based IDE for API design that the company claims is designed to help API developers transition between development, test, and deployment tools like DHC (Dev HTTP Client) and APISpark (API hosting) without leaving the Restlet Studio user interface. The new version of Restlet Studio also adds support for nested data structures allowing developers to design more advanced API definitions and making the resulting APIs easier to organize and more scalable (akin to nesting schema objects in JSON Schema). To allow large APIs to be redesigned or enable major changes after a team review, Restlet Studio now offers a drag and drop interface for reordering API elements. Resources, representations and operations can be organized with simple point-and-click actions.
“Our new version of Restlet Studio reflects demand from businesses for an integrated platform for the design, testing, and delivery of APIs, a process that streamlines workflows of development, QA and production teams,” said Jerome Louvel, founder and Chief Geek of Restlet.
Restlet claims its platform for APIs is used by more than 2 million developers and the company has plans to improve its integration with other DevOps vendors.
Other new features include:
- New search feature inside of Restlet Studio
- New keyboard shortcuts such as CTRL-S (Windows) or CMD-S (Mac)
- Redesigned navigation panel for API-at-a-glance
Restlet Studio is a cloud-based API design tool that supports all major API specification languages such as OpenAPI (aka Swagger) and RAML specifications. Restlet Studio is freely available as a cloud application. Professional versions of the Restlet Platform start at $9/month. Plans that support team collaboration and continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) start at $49/month.
Disclosure: In certain categories, Restlet is a competitor to MuleSoft, the parent company of ProgrammableWeb.