In the era where Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are mostly used at core of many web applications, browser applications and mobile applications, it is very important to have API Testing Platform and Framework in place. Regardless of the types of web services (SOAP/REST) and their consumption method, the APIs are required to be tested for functional as well as non-functional aspects.

API Functional Testing Aspects-

Behavioral API testing ensures that it delivers expected behavior and handles unexpected behavior properly. This is the lowest, most internal value. Behavioral testing ensures that the REST API delivers on the expected behavior and handles unexpected behavior properly.

  • Check: Does the code work?

Contractual API testing ensures that what is specified by the definition is what has actually been shipped via code. This falls at the middle level of needs. Contractual testing ensures that what is specified by the definition is what has actually been shipped via code.

  • Checks: Does the API contract continue to function as we have defined it? With the right inputs? Outputs? Data formats?

Solution-oriented API testing ensures that the API as a whole supports the intended use cases that it was designed to solve. This falls as the highest, mostly external value. Solution-oriented testing ensures that the API as a whole supports the intended use cases that it was designed to solve.

  • Checks: Does the API solve real problems that our customers have? Does it do something that people actually care about?

Log Inspection and DB Verification: API Testing doesn’t end at the output verification. It also requires log inspection to ensure the correct execution and processing. Also the database level verification requires to be performed to ensure that the operations are correctly and completely reflecting in the DB.

There are multiple tools available for web services testing in the industry. Ready! API is one such platform of tools which helps us ensure high quality, performance, and security in the APIs. It combines the power of SoapUI Pro, LoadUI Pro, ServiceV, and API Monitoring in AlertSite into a single pane of glass. Ready API is not only a functional API testing tool but also lets one perform non-functional testing such as performance and security tests on different kinds of API's. From functional testing, to security testing, to performance testing, to post-deployment monitoring, these API tools can help.

It is imperative to have a proven partner with proven track record of web services testing using industry standard tools and platforms for big enterprise level implementations.