7 Habits of Highly Effective APIs

I recently presented this slide deck at the API Strategy & Practice Conference in New York, and because everyone at the conference was abuzz about making their APIs as effective as possible, I thought it would be valuable for a larger audience on the SmartBear blog. With … [Read more...]

Practicing Safe Sex with Third-Party APIs

We all do it. We sit in sprint planning sessions and roadmap reviews, watching one user story unwind after another, and wondering how we can make the product owner’s vision into an actual product. At some point during that meeting, every one of us wonders if someone has … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Upgrade to LoadUI 2.5

In my last blog post, I briefly mentioned the change of user interface engine that LoadUI is making from JavaFX 1 to JavaFX 2. I also mentioned some of the reasons for you to upgrade to this new version: Faster, smaller memory footprint, etc. However, the most important … [Read more...]

The Best Tools in Life are Free

Earlier today at the API Strategy Conference, we announced our new freeware initiative, which is designed to give developers and testers worldwide a new option for free, high-quality tools. Building on our SoapUI open source community, and the other five free tools we … [Read more...]

LoadUI 2.5: Pro User, Pro Version

Dear LoadUI users, LoadUI 2.5 is at the door! The release date is currently set to March 27, and the main purpose of this release is to migrate LoadUI from JavaFX 1 to JavaFX 2. For you, this will mean that LoadUI will be faster, more stable and have an improved … [Read more...]

Facebook Plug-in Crashes the Party: Is Defensive Coding the Solution?

It finally happened: Facebook broke the Internet. Well, not exactly. In fact, you may not have even noticed anything was wrong. But last night, for a brief period, a bug in a Facebook plug-in caused dozens of sites to become unresponsive. Pages on websites including The … [Read more...]

Unprepared Geeks – “The Golden Paw Awards”

Unprepared Geeks is SmartBear’s bi-weekly video-podcast about all things tech and quality. Tag along as the folks behind SoapUI and LoadUI get together and discuss recent events, gadgets, and hot topics in the world of quality. With this, the 10th episode of … [Read more...]

Unprepared Geeks – “3D Printing is better than Money Printing”

Unprepared Geeks is SmartBear’s bi-weekly video-podcast about all things tech and quality. Tag along as the people behind SoapUI and LoadUI get together and discuss recent events, gadgets, and hot topics in the world of quality. Today Henrik Johansson, Erik Yverling, … [Read more...]

Happy New B’ak’tun!

So, apparently the Mayans were wrong, and the world didn’t end yesterday. Either that, or we were just reading too much into things. In all honesty, the calendar didn’t end – it just rolled over to a new 394-year period, or b’ak’tun. We were previously living in the 13th … [Read more...]

Are We in the Golden Age of APIs?

From Google Maps, to Yelp, to the social buttons on the left side of this page, Web APIs are everywhere! And it doesn't look like their growth will be slowing anytime soon. Truthfully, APIs have become a necessity for almost any successful site, including e-commerce sites, … [Read more...]