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APIs — application programming interfaces — are important throughout the development lifecycle. They serve as a bridge between applications, products, and services. Testing APIs is important to ensure quality. Here, we break down what API testing is, how to build a digital strategy, and how to do API testing.
Table of ContentsWhat Is API Testing?Why Testing APIs Is ImportantHow to Build a Digital Strategy For Testing5 Best Practices For Testing APIsHow to Do API TestingHow to Do API Testing With Perfecto and AkanaGet Started With Perfecto and AkanaAchieve Superior API Testing With Perfecto & BlazeMeterTable of Contents1 - What Is API Testing?2 - Why Testing APIs Is Important3 - How to Build a Digital Strategy For Testing4 - 5 Best Practices For Testing APIs5 - How to Do API Testing6 - How to Do API Testing With Perfecto and Akana7 - Get Started With Perfecto and Akana8 - Achieve Superior API Testing With Perfecto & BlazeMeter
API testing is testing APIs directly and during integration testing to make sure they meet expectations for functionality, reliability, performance, and security.
Testing APIs is an important part of your overall digital strategy. That’s because API quality is a fundamental building block to the overall application quality.
API quality is important because it’s behind every button or service on customer-facing and internal applications. API testing is important to achieve this. API testing is also a more reliable and stable testing method for an entire application, as opposed to just UI testing.
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Digital transformation is a reality — and has been important to many businesses. But today it's a necessity. Engagement from the end-users across multiple geographies can only be done with a digital strategy. That takes API testing — and other forms of testing, too.
You need to have everything — all of your web applications and mobile applications — working and functioning in a high performance and security manner. Otherwise, your business is simply suffering from business losses.
Focus on building a digital strategy covering the entire range of the testing pyramid. Include unit, API, and UI/UX. This will provide the best digital experience.
This means having a good balance between all of these types of testing activities:
API testing needs to be part of your overall digital strategy.
API testing identifies:
You could find some of these issues during other types of testing. That’s why it’s important to balance API testing with unit testing and UI/UX testing.
Unit testing and UI/UX testing need to be part of your digital strategy, too. They complement API testing — and other types of testing.
When you combine all of these activities — and automate them as much as possible — you can shift them left, to earlier in the cycle. This is a best practice to achieve high quality applications.
At the end of the day, you want to have a complete end user experience. That can only be achieved through covering all different types of testing, functional, nonfunctional, UI, and APIs. The best way to do this testing is continuously — with a solution like Perfecto.
Here are five best practices for testing APIs:
It’s also a good idea to move your testing to the cloud.
Here’s how to do API testing.
Below, you'll see an example of an API test report in Perfecto.
Here’s an example of how to do API testing with Perfecto (a continuous testing platform) and Akana (an API management platform). Watch the video below to see how it works.
To get the most out of API testing, it’s important to leverage the right tools. Perfecto and Akana can help.
You can use Perfecto and Akana together to ensure better API testing for mobile, web, partners, services, social, and IoT.
Akana is an API platform, providing:
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Perfecto helps you do API testing with:
Teams can experience powerful, superior API testing by pairing the robust testing platforms of Perfecto and BlazeMeter.
Now together in the unified suite of software products under the renowned Perforce brand, you can level of your API testing with BlazeMeter in conjunction with Perfecto for web and mobile API testing.
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DevOps Chief Evangelist & Sr. Director at Perforce Software, Perfecto
Eran Kinsbruner is a person overflowing with ideas and inspiration, beyond that, he makes them happen. He is a best-selling author, continuous-testing and DevOps thought-leader, patent-holding inventor (test exclusion automated mechanisms for mobile J2ME testing), international speaker, and blogger.
With a background of over 20 years of experience in development and testing, Eran empowers clients to create products that their customers love, igniting real results for their companies.