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How Trustpilot Leverages Runscope Webhooks and Custom Slack Notifications

By Heitor Tashiro Sergent on .

Trustpilot is a review platform where people can read, write, and share reviews for all kinds of businesses. They have also been Runscope users since 2015, and we have featured them in other blog posts, such as how they monitor over 600 microservices.

One of the most important parts of API monitoring is getting notified when something breaks. Trustpilot uses Slack as their main communication hub, and so they rely on notifications that are sent from Runscope to Slack in case something breaks.

The default Runscope-Slack integration was enough for the Trustpilot team for a while. They made sure to use the threshold feature to only receive notifications after a test failed 3 times in a row, and again when the test returns passing, to control the overall number of notifications they would get.

But as their architecture evolved, and their Runscope usage grew, the amount of notifications grew as well. Add those up with other 3rd-party services, and they really started to build up. And getting too many alerts can be just as bad as getting zero alerts. The team started suffering from notification fatigue […]

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Categories: apis, community, customers, debugging, integrations, monitoring

3 Easy Steps to Cloud Operational Excellence

3 Easy Steps to Cloud Operational Excellence

By Bruce Wang on .

This is a guest post by Bruce Wang and Glen Semino from SYNQ, a video API built for developers. In this post, they explain the tools and processes they use to keep the company's API operations running smoothly, and share a real-world story of how they found an API bug before launching a new feature.

There are a lot of tools out there, and sometimes its hard to sift through them all. Here’s a simple guide to combine 3 tools, Runscope, PagerDuty and StatusPage to create a powerful cloud operational workflow that will give you peace of mind and clear visibility to your application for your customers and internal teams alike!

In case you’re not familiar with the tools, here’s a quick rundown:

  • Runscope — highly flexible API testing and monitoring service
  • PagerDuty — incident management system
  • StatusPage — Customer-facing API health status page

The workflow

It’s important to implement tools for specific purposes, and we wanted to integrate these 3 tools to help manage our operational process better. In the following examples, we’re going to show you how...

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    Categories: apis, community, customers, debugging, howto, integrations, monitoring, tutorial

    How Trustpilot Tests and Monitors 200 Microservices

    How Trustpilot Tests and Monitors 200 Microservices

    By Heitor Tashiro Sergent on .

    Trustpilot's journey with Runscope began back in 2015. They started off with our free trial plan, and have since grown to almost 5 million test runs a month. They were kind enough to chat with us about their experience, and how they transitioned from a single monolithic application, to a more efficient microservice architecture with over 200 microservices and hundreds of endpoints. 

    Here's Dumitru Zavrotschi sharing their story...

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    Categories: customers, microservices, monitoring, testing

    Working with the Azure Storage REST API in automated testing

    Working with the Azure Storage REST API in automated testing

    By Chris Kirby on .

    This is a guest post by Chris Kirby, Director of Technology at Authenticom. He's a big fan of automating processes, beer, and games. You can follow him on TwitterGitHub, and his blog.

    Testing! Every developer's favorite topic :). For me, if I can save time through automation, them I'm interested. Automated testing for a developer typically starts with unit tests, which even if you don't subscribe to TDD, you've written at least one of them just to see what all the fuss was about. Like me, I'm sure you saw that testing complex logic at build time has huge advantages in terms of quality and taking risks. However, even with the most comprehensive tests at 100% coverage, you've still got more work to do on your journey towards a bug-free existence.

    Given that most modern applications rely on a wide variety of cloud platform services, testing can't stop with the fakes and mocks...good integration testing is where it's at to get you the rest of the way. Integration testing is nothing new of course, it's just more...

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    Categories: apis, code samples, customers, howto, testing

    Integrate Runscope API Tests into TeamCity Builds with New Plugin From MANGOPAY

    By John Sheehan on .

    Hugo Bailey recently reached out to us to let us know about a new project his team created to include Runscope API tests in their TeamCity build pipeline. The plugin was developed by Bertrand Lemasle and is available on GitHub. If you use Runscope and TeamCity, be sure to check it out!

    We were eager to learn more about how MANGOPAY uses Runscope to keep their API healthy, so Hugo and Bertrand agreed to an interview...

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    Categories: community, customers, integrations

    Runscope Turns Two: 40,000 Developers Strong

    By John Sheehan on .

    This month, we are proud to celebrate two years of helping developers build better apps by giving them ultimate visibility into the health of their APIs. When Frank and I started Runscope in 2013, we set out to build tools that would solve the problems we experienced building API-driven applications. Two years later, our growing team of infrastructure and developer experience experts has built a suite of developer tools to support the modern application development lifecycle including API debugging, API monitoring and automated browser testing.

    Frank Stratton and Stephen Huenneke lay the groundwork for Runscope's API Monitoring tools.

    Frank Stratton and Stephen Huenneke lay the groundwork for Runscope's API Monitoring tools.

    Inspired by Our Customers

    We are thrilled to see more and more companies adopt Runscope to streamline the development, deployment and operation of their APIs. On behalf of the entire team, a huge thank you to our customers for pushing us to be the technology partner we strive to be and making us a vital part of your toolkit. We get to work with so many great customers. Here are a few of our favorite stories:

    • The de facto standard for automotive data,, relies on API monitoring to ensure big-name partners like MSN and Honda are reaching end-users the right way with the right data.

    • Shipping giant uShip, made famous by A&E’s Shipping Wars, keeps its mobile apps, website and partner integrations with companies like eBay, running efficiently and smoothly thanks to production monitoring for continuous deployments.

    • Other customers are built entirely around an API, like Human API, which depends on deep API testing and debugging to save its small engineering team several hours of time and headaches.

    • Like us, Syncano helps developers build better apps, but via backend-as-a-service. The company depends on fully automated API monitoring and testing to ensure that its developers can easily build customer-facing, mission-critical apps.

    Meeting the Needs of the Modern Developer

    APIs and microservices are the lifeblood of the connected enterprise, powering applications running on multiple platforms and devices. API architects, app developers, QA teams and DevOps engineers rely on Runscope to give them confidence that API performance problems are not negatively impacting end-user experience. In-depth API monitoring and testing helps developers reduce lost revenue, bad app store reviews and customer service costs stemming from poorly performing APIs.

    As Runscope has evolved to meet the needs of developers working on mission-critical services, we’ve achieved some incredible milestones:

    • 40,000 developers in over 135 countries across the globe rely on Runscope.

    • Developers have used Runscope to monitor, test and debug more than 45,000 APIs; executing more than 150 million test runs from 12 locations around the world, and behind the firewall with our agent.

    • Our microservices architecture allows us to scale our infrastructure and our teams more quickly, facilitating an average of more than 50 deploys per workday.

    More Than Just API Monitoring

    API monitoring is just one aspect of a well-rounded approach to managing application performance. Late last year we acquired Ghost Inspector, an automated web UI testing service. Ghost Inspector has also seen tremendous growth in the few short months since joining Runscope:

    • Ghost Inspector has grown 750% since being acquired by Runscope.

    • An ever-expanding number of businesses rely on Ghost Inspector for automated website testing, including Anthropologie and Hint Health.

    • Ghost Inspector now integrates with PagerDuty and Slack to make sure your team is the first to know of any issues with your website.

    People > Product > Profit

    All of this progress makes me incredibly proud. But above all that, the thing I'm most proud of is the team we've assembled. The people on our team are the smartest and most professional crew I've ever worked with. It was important to Frank and me that Runscope be a "People First" company that values work/life balance, diversity and career development. It's still early and we have a lot of work to do, but we're very happy with the results in that area so far.

    Just as our product has evolved and expanded over the past two years, we are committed to creating the best application performance tools to help developers at big and small companies everywhere to build better apps and better businesses. If you're also excited about helping developers be more successful, we’d love for you to join us.

    It's been a great ride so far, but we're just getting started! Thank you for being a part of it. 

    Feeling nostalgic? Check out how we’ve evolved over the years in our one-year anniversary and 2014 year in review posts, and read our full announcement. And if you haven't yet, be sure to sign up for your free Runscope and Ghost Inspector accounts.

    Categories: announcements, customers, community

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