Postman, a popular HTTP client for testing Web services, has added a new Mock Server feature to its platform that allows APIs to be simulated without the need to spin up a backend server or rely on a response from an API endpoint. Mock servers are a feature that many developers requested Postman add to the platform as they make it possible for frontend, backend, and API development teams to work independently and simultaneously on projects. Now frontend developers and API engineers can simulate API endpoints in a Postman Collection to view potential responses without the hindrances caused by development dependencies.
The Postman Mock Server feature was created specifically for split stack architecture environments where engineers and developers typically work in independent frontend and backend teams. One of the challenges developers in split stack development environments face is delays because of issues that crop up on the frontend or the backend. While frontend and backend teams may work independently, they are also dependent on each other. Developers often must wait for the other team to complete specific tasks and tackle issues before they can begin working on their own tasks. Using the new Postman Mock Server feature, developers can simulate a backend server and APIs. They don’t have to worry about development dependencies or have to wait for other developers to finish their work.
The Mock Server feature is the latest enhancement Postman has made to its platform. The company recently launched Postman Pro which features API monitoring, documentation generation, and collaboration tools. For more information about the Postman platform and the new Mock Server feature, visit https://www.getpostman.com.