SmartBear Study Hall: Your Ready! API Questions Answered

Hello SmartBear Study Hall Readers, Last week we hosted our monthly Ready! API 101 class part of our SmartBear Academy series. What is SmartBear Academy? It’s our free virtual training classes led by our Product Owners, Sales Engineers, and trusted Service Partners. Our … [Read more...]

Walking the Tight Rope of REST API Security: Best Practices Will Hold You Steady

October, besides being peak fall season is also national cyber security month, hence along with enjoying ‘pumpkin spiced chai’, it’s also a good time to discuss security of the APIs we create and work with everyday. I work with APIs a lot, particularly REST APIs, which … [Read more...]

Secrets of the Usable REST API

Teowaki founder Javier Ramirez kicked off his Future of Web Apps presentation with a striking headline from a local town newspaper: “I’ve been posting my letters in the dog poo box for two years.” In an effort to class up the North Yorkshire town (or perhaps to save on … [Read more...]

LoadUI NG Pro + Amazon EC2: Calculate, Automate, Validate

API load testing just got a big upgrade. Before I get to the geeky details, let’s zoom out a bit. Have you ever run a load test? I mean a serious one, not just a checkbox before a release or as a backlog item to that cool thing you’re shipping. The world doesn’t … [Read more...]

You Can’t Test All the Things: API, IoT, ROI TBD

I have three words for everyone in software testing: prioritize, prioritize, and prioritize. You can’t test every possible permutation of your software, especially so with APIs and IoT devices where you’re placing much of the user experience in the hands of integrators to … [Read more...]

Quality Conversations on Financial Technology and API Culture in London

An event like APIdays London proves that it’s not always a bad thing to show up to an event underdressed. Last week at APIdays London, the sessions were well attended by both financial business professionals in suits and fellow technical geeks like me in jeans. Aside from … [Read more...]

9 Reasons Microservices Matter to Architects, Developers & Testers

Several years ago, I was a developer in a travel reservation aggregator. Our mission was to pull flight and hotel data from a bunch of cryptic reservation platforms, and provide it to other companies via an API library – for a fee. That was before companies like Expedia … [Read more...]

Orchestrating Microservices: Who’s Composing this Symphony, Anyway?

Before becoming a developer, I was in the high school band. I played several brass instruments – including French horn and cornet – as well as keyboards in the jazz stage band. A musician and a nerd, what can I say? I even dabbled in writing music for the band. Okay, … [Read more...]

API Mocking for the REST of Us: Ready! API 1.4 Is Here!

Fellow geeks and API nerds: Have you ever worked with mock APIs before? Ever had to wait for code to get deployed just to start testing? Ever wanted to just prototype an API without getting lost in the weeds? Ever have problems testing 3rd party APIs? Oh my goodness, this … [Read more...]

Announcing Our New CA API Developer Portal Plugin for Ready! API

As more companies embrace the API economy, there is a growing emphasis on how to structure and present their APIs. Creating a robust developer portal for both internal and external developers is an important part of this process. Designing your developer portal is crucial … [Read more...]