We’re happy to let you know that we today are releasing SoapUI 4.6 – The REST in Progress! This is the first of several releases which aims at improving the REST-testing capabilities of SoapUI and SoapUI Pro.
When we added REST-testing support in SoapUI all the way back in 2008 and version 2.5, REST wasn’t nearly as popular as it is today. Since 2008 we’ve seen boom in the API-industry. In terms of public APIs, ProgrammableWeb went from having 750 public APIs in 2008 to today having more than 9,900. While SOAP is continuing to grow, REST has been outpacing adoption in terms of public APIs – more than 60% of the APIs listed in ProgrammableWeb’s directory are REST-based.
In SoapUI 4.6 we begin our journey to creating a more easily understandable and more powerful REST-testing experience in SoapUI. This first release makes the time-to-test for REST-projects much faster, due to improvements in both GUI and methodology. It is now much easier and quicker to set up a REST-based project, and we’ve started the swtich of SoapUI’s approach from an academic REST approach to a more pragmatic approach to REST.
But this is only the start, we are planning on further improving the REST-testing capabilities and we want your feedback! What do you like/dislike with the new REST-testing features? What do you feel is missing? Is there something you would like to see added in the upcoming REST-testing improving releases? Let us know your thoughts!