As the harsh winter gives way and the sun starts to bring life back to the world around us, the SoapUI team in Stockholm is thawing out and preparing for some big things in the upcoming season. Here are a few projects we've been working on over the last few months, as well as a few exciting announcements to keep your eyes open for this springtime.
API Testing Dojo
Are you new to the API Testing arena and unsure of how to get start getting your hands dirty? Need tips on structuring your API tests? Or are you a hardened veteran hoping to polish your existing skill set, get impulses and expand on some ideas for new solutions?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, I think you will be as happy as I am with the new API Testing Dojo released last month. The Dojo was created to be equally useful for inexperienced and seasoned testers API testing realm, and contains both tips to get you started and advanced challenges.
The API Testing Dojo is completely tool agnostic, so I believe it is a very useful resource for anyone working with APIs, regardless of what tool or protocols you use. I’m convinced it will help you improve the quality of the APIs you are testing.
Not sure where to get started? Depending on your level of experience, go ahead and check out the basic article on Scenario-based testing, or the advanced one on API mocking.
Pretty awesome, right? Many, many thanks to the team creating the Dojo. I know it was a lot of hard work the last few months!
If you like the Dojo, or have any comments or suggestions, keep the discussion going on Twitter with #APITesting, on Google+, or whichever social media you prefer.
Latest visit: SQGNE
Two weeks ago I visited the Software Quality Group of New England, a network of testers based in Boston, and did a talk about the building momentum behind API testing. This was as part of SQGNE’s monthly meeting in Boston, with a very nice crowd in attendance.
There was a great interest in Web APIs. Many were quite new to the API arena, which is promising for the future for all of us working in the API business.
Next up: SoapUI 5.0
For the first month since September, in February we won’t be having a SoapUI release (maintenance releases don’t really count). The reason for this, is of course that we are hard at work on finishing SoapUI 5.0 in order to get it to you as soon as possible.
You are probably already aware that the main features will be OAuth 2 support, REST Mocking and a neat time saving feature we call REST Discovery. Stay tuned, there is more to come.
'REST In Progress' releases
We started with the "REST In Progress” theme in SoapUI 4.6, and the upcoming SoapUI 5.0 will be the second release in that theme - but it is not the last one. Hot on the heels of 5.0 comes SoapUI 5.1 with even more REST-related features. Some choices will depend on feedback from you, our beloved users, and what you think is most important, so make sure to stay in touch.
We are still in the beginning of this process, and several more releases are coming down the pipe. Keep your eye out for 5.2 which will bring even more goodies. Expect to see several more releases this year, each one adding and improving on the previous in a steady cycle.
Code contributors - we love you!
The last 6 months a lot of talented developers has given us good code contributions to the Open Source version of SoapUI. We love that and we want to encourage it even more. As soon as 5.0 is released you will see a lot more contributions added, some of which have had to wait for a while because of our focus on 5.0. Some of the additions are already in the MAINTENANCE release. Thanks to for all your hard work, and please be patient, we will add as many code contributions as possible as soon as we can!
Thanks to these people for their fine work:
- Christoph Thelen
- Grzegorz Grzybek
- Jon Austen
- Mark Lehky
- Michael Ottati
- Marc Paquette
- Thomas Bouffard
- Tilman Liero
- Vincent Frison
- Willem Salembier
Springtime in Stockholm
As you know if you read these posts regularly - the long dark Swedish winter-weather has been getting me down. And here in Stockholm we haven’t even had much snow to brighten up the landscape. But now, the days are getting longer and brighter, spring doesn’t feel very far off, so spirits are lifting and mood is improving. What a great time to release SoapUI 5.0!