What tools do you need for API development ?

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In our previous blog, we spoke about the 'Design First' approach. This blog will provide you more information on the tools that are used for API development for the design first approach. As Neebal faces challenges to provide strategic automation, we look forward to considering solutions beyond API . According to Gartner "They must deliver end-to-end automation beyond RPA by combining complementary technologies to augment business processes. Gartner calls this “hyperautomation.” 

Our hyperautomation journey involves a strategy to combine the essential tools for API development through a design first approach. Before we start, here are some previous blogs that you may find helpful: API lifecycle management and Mulesoft Integration are some of the topics that we discussed upon. Let’s take a quick look over the essential tools for the design first approach: 


Design First Approach Tools:

Swagger UI 

Swagger UI enables your development team and your end consumers to visualize and interact with the resources without any implementation logic in place. Here are some benefits of this tool: 

Reduced dependency: The UI is capable of working in any development environment, be it locally or the web. 

Human-friendly: It allows end developers to interact and try every single operation your API may expose for easy usage. 

Smooth navigation: Quickly find and work with resources and endpoints with distinctly categorized documentation

Full: OAS Support: Visualize APIs defined in Swagger 2.0 or OAS 3.0. 

SwaggerHub 

SwaggerHub is a collection of tools that can be used both by freshmen and experienced programmers. These include complementary Swagger Editor and Swagger UI.

With these set of tools you can upgrade your team’s API design workflow with:  

  • Smart feedback on error and syntax auto-completion within the editor 
  • Automatically creating API mocks as you design 
  • Embedded the API design rules that can reinforce standards in real time 
  • Domains for cataloging and reusing general OAS syntax across APIs

Swagger Editor

You can design, describe, and document your API on the first open source editor that is completely dedicated to OpenAPI-based APIs. This tool is an easy way to get started with the OpenAPI Specification with support for Swagger 2.0 and OpenAPI 3.0.

A simple yet powerful editor which can help you manage your time efficiently. The option of converting between JSON and YAML representation, you can easily auto-create and download servers with client stubs on the basis of your application, which saves hours of monotonous coding. It is possible to build both server and client upon a wide range of popular front-end and back-end frameworks, eg. aspnetcore, nodejs, flask, spring, and more than 20 languages:, C#, Python, scala, JavaScript, TypeScript and more

Ready API 

ReadyAPI will allow your teams to create, manage, and execute automated functional, security, and performance tests in a centralized interface which can accelerate the quality of an API for Agile and DevOps software teams. Teams can start by importing API definitions like OAS or WSDLs, testing and recording live API traffic, or even virtualizing web services to remove pipeline dependencies. You can increase test coverage with baseline validations on nearly everything in your API with the following steps: 

API function and security testing: You can create comprehensive, data-driven functional API tests with or without script that can add security scans in just one click. 

API performance testing: You can generate load, stress, and spike tests to validate whether your API can handle real-world traffic conditions or not. 

API and web virtualization: You can easily remove any dependencies in your testing pipeline by virtualizing RESTful, SOAP, Swagger UI enables your development team and your end consumers to visualize and interact with the resources without any implementation logic in place.

StopLight

It is a good tool that helps build API Documentation faster without needing the developer to learn nuances of YAML. You can easily design and develop APIs collaboratively with industry-leading tooling that integrates seamlessly into Git-based workflows with StopLight. It is built with the modern API workflow in mind, it brings an intuitive interface and thoughtful features to power your complete API design lifecycle.

Conclusion

By choosing the Design first approach, your enterprise can speed up the procedure of going live. Neebal’s API Integration services facilitate you with seamless transition and simple implementation. For more information contact us here: Neebal Technologies Pvt Ltd.

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