With December winding down and 2016 in the rear-view mirror, it's a great time to take a step back and examine some of the hottest topics in the API testing world over the past year. Below are the top five highest trafficked blog posts on API testing-related topics that we wrote in 2016.
REST APIs were easily the most popular topic of the year on the SmartBear blog. If you're new to the topic and have questions about building and testing REST APIs, this post is a great place for you to start. For others, it's a great tune-up on best practices. The eBook walks through everything from what RESTful web services are, to best (and worst) use cases, and finally how to test a REST API.
Maybe eBooks aren't for you? If so, this infographic is an easy-to-read piece of content that's great for those who are new to REST APIs. To start, it examines the requirements, descriptive properties, and details on the language (HTTP methods) of REST. By the end, you'll have learned the key differences between SOAP and REST, and will be able understand the questions you should consider when choosing between the two.
According to Gartner, by 2020, the number of connected devices lumped together as the Internet of Things will grow to 20.8 billion. The IoT is no longer an if but a when.
As a result, we put together a comprehensive guide (seriously, it's 46 pages) to the IoT — based on dozens of interviews with IoT and testing leaders — that explores the current state of testing, their experiences with testing IoT devices, and their predictions and demands for the future of the space.
Okay, so you've read #1 and #2 — but how much did you retain?
Test your knowledge of REST APIs with this 8 question quiz. Curious to see how you stack up against your peers? The average score is a 75%.
The State of API 2016 Report found that security is the "#1 technology challenge teams that work with APIs would like to see solved in the years ahead." What are some of these challenges? We put together a list of the top eight security testing considerations for teams that develop or integrate with APIs.
What can we expect in 2017?
Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we begin to preview some of the trends you might expect to see in the coming year. While you're waiting, feel free to drop us a comment on what you expect will happen in the world of API testing in 2017!