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Articles

man bending over backwards Create an Agile DevOps Environment That Fosters Flexibility over Features

When a company makes the move from software as a service (SaaS) to an API-first platform, a change in mindset is required. The successful transitions come from those who shift from features to flexibility. Technology teams should look to remove constraints and broaden the possibilities of their platform by constantly exploring ways to make their platform as flexible as possible.

Steve Davis's picture Steve Davis
Question mark cursor Critical Questions to Ask When Choosing a Third-Party API

This article exposes the risks and hidden costs involved in the seemingly innocent decision of which third-party APIs to use to gather and report data, offload critical functionality, and save implementation time. It addresses some typical reasons the decision-making process over third-party use is overlooked, as well as how to make good choices confidently and consistently.

Paul Bruce's picture Paul Bruce
APIs Require Integrity SOA Was Built on Trust, but APIs Require Integrity

With SOA, the services you consume are typically developed by your organization or a close business partner, so you can assume they have standards similar to your own. But when you adopt APIs, you usually have no visibility into how solidly the services were built—or when and how they are evolving. How should you properly vet an external API?

Integration Products Expectations Industry Expectations for Today’s ESB-Based Integration Products

Most organizations have accepted the commercial benefits of using enterprise service bus-based integration products in their software projects. However, the industry expectations for an ESB product are ever increasing. This article will explain how vendors are trying to cope with the demand.

Sanat Singha's picture Sanat Singha

Interviews

A Closer Look at API Testing: An Interview with Ole Lensmar
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TechWell's Noel Wurst got the chance to sit down with Ole Lensmar, Chief Architect at SmartBear. Ole discussed the differences between unit and API testing, the importance of choosing the best testing methods, and the benefits of reusing test assets.

Noel Wurst's picture Noel Wurst

Conference Presentations

An Application Program Interface (API) Testing Method

Discover a technique to test APIs that combines aspects of two published software testing methods: Markov modeling and category partitioning. An example is given that demonstrates this hybrid technique. Two case studies-one performed under laboratory conditions as proof-of-concept and the other on a large API-illustrate this technique's effectiveness.

Alan Jorgensen, Advanced Engineering Technology

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