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Monitor Your Webhook Workflows with New Incoming Requests for API Tests

By John Sheehan on .

API testing and monitoring has traditionally focused solely on outbound requests that simulate what a client of a particular API or endpoint would experience. But APIs are increasingly becoming a two-way conversation, with data flowing into apps asynchronously based on events happening (e.g. GitHub commits, Twilio text messages received, bots receiving requests, etc.).

The most popular way this occurs is via a pattern known as webhooks. Testing them can be difficult...

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Categories: announcements, monitoring, testing


Connect Runscope with xMatters for Automated, Intelligent Communication About API Incidents

By Ashley Waxman on .

xMatters connects insights from any system to the people who matter in order to accelerate essential business processes. The extensible platform allows you to add a layer of intelligent communication across the entire enterprise with automated, targeted communications ensuring that critical messages and notifications get through to the right people on the job. Runscope monitors APIs for availability and correctness. Combined together...

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Categories: announcements, howto, integrations, testing, monitoring, product


3 Things Nobody Told You About API Development

3 Things Nobody Told You About API Development

By Ashley Waxman on .

Many factors in API development are brought to light after development is done: documentation, testing and caching. However, in order to develop APIs successfully and have an easier time maintaining and iterating on those 3 things, it is critical to include them in the development stage, and not as an afterthought. We recently sat down with Phil Sturgeon, author of Build APIs You Won't Hate, to debunk some of the misconceptions around what to include in development vs. post-production. 

In the video below, Phil explains how and why to include building tests, documentation and caching during the build phase of the API lifecycle. This video...

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Categories: community, testing, webinar, api ecosystem


This Fortnight in APIs, Release XI

By Ashley Waxman on .

This post is the eleventh in a series that collects news stories, helpful tools and useful blog posts from the previous two weeks and is curated lovingly by the Runscope Developer Relations team. The topics span APIs, microservices, developer tools, best practices, funny observations and more.

If you operate a CI/CD process, you’re likely making multiple commits a day. But how much thought do you put into your commit message? In the article The Art of the Commit, David Demaree explains what goes into a good commit message, and...

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Categories: api ecosystem, this fortnight in apis, apis, community


3 Benefits to Including API Testing in Your Development Process

By Ashley Waxman on .

One of the most common ways we see our customers benefiting from API monitoring is in production—making sure those live API endpoints are up, fast and returning the data that’s expected. By monitoring production endpoints, you’re in the loop as soon as anything breaks, giving you a critical head start to fix the problem before customers, partners or end-users notice.

However, we’re starting to see more and more customers create those API tests during the build process in staging and dev environments. As Matt Bernier, Developer Experience Product Manager at SendGrid, says, “We can actually begin testing API endpoints before they’re deployed to our customers, which means...

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Categories: events, testing, product


This Fortnight in APIs, Release X

By Ashley Waxman on .

This post is the tenth in a series that collects news stories, helpful tools and useful blog posts from the previous two weeks and is curated lovingly by the Runscope Developer Relations team. The topics span APIs, microservices, developer tools...

It’s not uncommon these days to see product releases accompanied by a fresh new API as part of the package. This week, Uber announced the availability of the UberRUSH API, which allows developers to...

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Categories: api ecosystem, this fortnight in apis, apis, community


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