SmartBear Partners with Apiary to Deliver API Blueprint Plug-In
SmartBear Software, the choice of more than two million software professionals for building and delivering the world’s best applications, released a new plug-in for SoapUI Pro that provides support for Apiary’s API Blueprint service descriptions within the tool.
Apiary, designers of API Blueprint and the Apiary API Design toolchain, is committed to providing API providers with all the tools necessary to build beautiful APIs. The goal is to enable parallel API development through better collaboration and documentation rather than rely on the traditional models used by most teams today. SmartBear, makers of SoapUI Pro, shares the same goal by providing developers and testers common tooling to test mock services and APIs. The marriage of these technologies provides even more power for teams to collaborate and communicate while building their APIs.
API service descriptions have become vital to organizations that collaborate across teams and with partners during the design phase of an API. Having the ability to easily understand and iterate over the initial design means API providers can release more stable APIs that better meet the needs of their consumers. Likewise, consumers benefit from having human-readable API descriptions because they can more easily integrate with the API.
"SoapUI has a long history and powerful feature-set targeted at API testing and virtualization, and it's an ideal match to our industry-leading API Design toolchain,” said Jakub Nesetril, Founder and CEO of Apiary. “SoapUI also supports several other older formats like WSDL and WADL, and the resulting inter-operability now eases the transition to modern collaborative design approach using API Blueprint. We are excited about the opportunities for API developers."
SoapUI Pro’s new plug-in architecture makes extending the tool fast and easy. The simplified plug-in framework uses annotation-based extension points instead of XML configuration files and provides automatic installation of any third-party dependencies. SoapUI Pro offers a plug-in browser so SoapUI Pro users are able to find and install plug-ins quickly and easily. The new API Blueprint plug-in was released on August 6, 2014 and is available for all SoapUI Pro users through this browser.
"API Blueprint is a key player in the API specification and documentation domain and we're extremely excited to open SoapUI Pro to its users and make API testing and virtualization a natural ingredient of their API development and integration processes," said Ole Lensmar, CTO of SmartBear.
Recently awarded the top honor of Dr. Dobb’s Jolt Award in the Best Testing Tools category, SoapUI Pro 5.1 is immediately available for download at http://www.smartbear.com/SoapUI Pro.
SoapUI Pro by SmartBear Earns DataWeek + API World 2014 Award
SoapUI Pro, the most used API testing tool in the world, has been honored with a DataWeek + API World 2014 Award for the Most Innovative DevOps API Solution. SoapUI Pro was selected by crowd vote, where thousands of DevNetwork community members voted on the top Data + API technologies of 2014.
SoapUI Pro 5.1 released today!
Finally summer! This means (at least in Sweden) that a lot of people are on vacation, something very well deserved for our developers who have just finished the new release of SoapUI Pro! SoapUI Pro 5.1 is released today – hooray!
The new release adds full JSON support, so now you don’t have to be an XML expert anymore to create assertions on properties buried deep down in a JSON message. You can now use JSON Paths instead of XML Paths.
Apart from that we are adding a plugin manager that greatly simplifies installing plugins. Just point and click! It is also dramatically easier to write plugins – you can now write them as a single Groovy script file – keep an eye on our website for an upcoming webinar on the subject!
Apart from bug fixes we have improved the license handling to streamline the registration process, added in-app-analytics which, if you allow it, collects anonymous data that can help us find out how features are used (and not used) so we can improve SoapUI more efficiently.
For trial users we also added new content on the starter page that hopefully will help you try the Pro features quicker.
Now I hope you also get some well-deserved time off to load your own batteries and come back to explore the new features of SoapUI.
There’s a lot more to come in the autumn!
SoapUI Product Owner, SmartBear
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SoapUI 5.0 released today!
I am truly happy to announce that SoapUI 5.0 was released 9th of April!
The three main features of SoapU 5.0 are: OAuth 2.0 support, REST Mocking and last but not least: REST Discovery! Since the September 2013 release of SoapUI 4.6, starting the REST in Progress improvements, the team has been churning out bug fixes and various improvements, while simultaneously completing the features of SoapUI 5.0. Read more here!
REST Discovery lets you easily record and capture API requests, with one-click creation of test suites for testing the API, and even create mocks (light weight simulations) of the API you just recorded!
The team deserves my full admiration for the accomplishment, and also a little rest.
SoapUI 5.1 coming soon!
But only a little, because the work on SoapUI 5.1 needs to be started right away! SoapUI 5.1 will complete the REST improvements finalizing the REST In progress theme we started with SoapUi 4.6 in September.
Additions like advanced point-and-click dispatcher for REST Mocking, and native JSON support will be added.
Take your chance and send us feedback on SoapUI 5.0! Maybe your suggestion will make it into SoapUI 5.1?
If you send us good ideas on how to improve e.g. the REST Mocking dispatcher maybe your specific suggestion makes it into SoapUI 5.1.
Please be very specific when you suggest changes or find bugs. The more context information and practical examples of how you expect something to work, the faster we can implement it. The more background information we get, the better we can help solve the problems you are facing.
SoapUI Product Owner, SmartBear