6 Tools for API design, development and testing

From design to deploy, these tools will have your API and microservices up and running in no time.

With today’s businesses running a plethora of systems across diverse environments, taking advantage of the modern IT economy lies in an organisations ability to create value via their APIs and microservices.   While the process of building and managing APIs can be simple at its root (particularly with REST, which is extremely lightweight) there are many hidden complications during implementation. For this reason, we have put together this quick guide to make your tasks easier. 

Building and publishing an API Linx

Linx is a powerful suite of low-code development software designed for building backend applications quickly. It enables companies to construct new software applications quickly without having to hire an entire team of engineers. Designed for versatility and speed, one of its most robust and useful features is its ability to build web services and host APIs.

Instead of needing to write code for many repetitive pieces, Linx provides a full platform for putting together – and hosting – powerful applications that make use of cutting edge technologies available through web services.

Linx has pre-built functionality for building, implementing, and consuming APIs for internally built applications. It has features allow assembling and publishing both REST and SOAP web service endpoints. and can be handled without any specialized coding.

If you already have the parameters for the API, you can simply enter them, and drag and drop the modules directly into the Linx Application Designer.

Good For (Best Use Case)
Creating and consuming APIs can be a time-consuming process. While configuring APIs are relatively easy for developers, they typically need some custom programming. With Linx, you simply drag and drop a module into your designer canvas and set up some configuration. Time saved.

If you are working with an application which requires consuming several APIs, the process of integration with external services becomes far more efficient, and can be handled by Business Analysts or IT pros alike with relative ease.

Pros/Cons
There are very few drawbacks to using Linx for your development processes. Whether you have existing applications that you would like to connect via SOAP or REST, or if you wish to build an entire software suite within Linx, the API functionality will work extremely well for making the connections today to enable your applications to “play well with others.”

Linx, however, is not a full API management tool in itself; testing, for instance, should be handled by a third-party application.

Pricing
Self-hosted Designer IDE: Free
Cloud services from $149/month with a developer’s license (1 application)

URL https://linx.software

Documenting   Swagger Editor

Swagger editor is a tool which allows you to design and document APIs using a free web-based open-source editor. It is designed solely for creating OpenAPI-based APIs. It provides options to work web-based or in a local environment.

Good For (Best Use Case)
Well-documented APIs are a necessary aspect of providing them. Creating documentation can be painstaking, however, if people can’t understand how to use your application’s APIs, they simply won’t use them. It’s very helpful for creating easily shareable documentation that can drastically improve the user experience for those attempting to use your APIs.

Pros/Cons
It provides instant visualization of the documentation as it is being created, and also has a number of customization options. It has some helpful auto-completion

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