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API Testing: Top Resources of 2014

Take a look at the most popular API testing white papers, videos, and other resources from 2014.

With the emergence of the "API Economy," the risks associated with API failure undeniably have broader business impacts. Thus, it's not surprising that throughout 2014 we saw many organizations recognizing the importance of ensuring that the business-critical APIs they produce and consume continuously deliver the expected level of security, reliability, functionality, and performance.

From our 15+ years of experience helping leading companies adopt our industry-leading enterprise-grade API testing solution, Parasoft  has amassed an extensive set of resources to help the industry better understand the challenges and best practices associated with API Testing. Here's a recap of what API testing white papers, videos, and other resources were most popular in 2014:

  1. API Testing – Gartner Research: Read new Gartner research: why success in the "API economy" requires a new approach to quality processes, the business impacts of API failures, and recommendations for service/API testing.

  2. Testing in the API Economy: Top 5 Myths: This paper exposes the top 5 API testing myths and explains what's needed to ensure application security, reliability, functionality, and performance in the API Economy.

  3. Parasoft's Latest Release: Integrated Platform for Service Virtualization, API Testing, and Test Lab Management: The latest release of Parasoft SOAtest, Virtualize, and Environment Manager consolidates Parasoft's Service Virtualization, API Testing, and Test Lab Management Platform solutions into an advanced platform for simulating and managing the most realistic test environment possible, while enabling continuous functional and integration testing to accelerate the delivery of safe, secure, and reliable software.

  4. API Testing Tutorial: This API Testing Bootcamp begins by exploring four challenges to API integrity, then presents practical advice on what testers can do to verify that an API achieves the level of security, reliability, and performance needed in light of those challenges.

  5. API Testing and Service Virtualization at Ignis Asset Management: A global asset management company needed to accelerate testing for parallel and Agile development. Learn how service virtualization and API test automation reduced testing time for their regression test plan from 10 days to a half day.

  6. API Testing Maturity Model: Helps IT organizations set realistic expectations for adopting and optimizing API Testing.

  7. [Infographic] How Buggy Are Today's APIs? To better understand the scope and impact of API issues, Parasoft recently conducted study on API Integrity. This infographic highlights some interesting findings.

  8. Automated API Testing Enables Continuous Regression Testing for NZ's Largest Smart Meter Company: Expensive delays were the result of a manual test process where ensuring test data consistency between the integrated CRM, ERP, and custom system took hours per test. Learn how automated API testing helped enabled them to get instant, continuous feedback on whether application changes were meeting functional expectations.

  9. API Testing Helps MedicAlert Increase Agility, Extend Services: Learn how MedicAlert automated the functional, security, and performance testing for new APIs – enabling them to become an increasingly agile and valued provider of new healthcare information services.

  10. API Adoption is a Matter of Trust: This session from the API Strategy & Practice Conference explores how software failures can impact brands, the importance of API Integrity, and why software testing environments need to be improved.

More Stories By Cynthia Dunlop

Cynthia Dunlop, Lead Content Strategist/Writer at Tricentis, writes about software testing and the SDLC—specializing in continuous testing, functional/API testing, DevOps, Agile, and service virtualization. She has written articles for publications including SD Times, Stickyminds, InfoQ, ComputerWorld, IEEE Computer, and Dr. Dobb's Journal. She also co-authored and ghostwritten several books on software development and testing for Wiley and Wiley-IEEE Press. Dunlop holds a BA from UCLA and an MA from Washington State University.