Postman tool facilitates the development of APIs or application programming interfaces. It lets developer create and test APIs and subsequently modifying them. The postman api tool sports an extensive array features which ensures that all functionality that a developer might need while creating APIs can be used by this tool. Postman boasts of a 5+ million userbase that use it monthly to make the process of developing APIs smooth, simple, and easy. Postman can make a wide range of HTTP requests including:
When to use Postman?
Postman is the ideal solution if you are trying to integrate your API development tool with your existing set of development toolchain thanks to the Postman API endpoints feature. With postman collections you can keep existing collections up to date along with the development and API environment. Additionally, it also lets you add and execute monitoring function through the API itself, directly. This in turn lets developers access Postman account data programmatically.
Postman Key Features :
Postman tool is widely known in the developer community for being a helpful asset in testing APIs. But most developers don’t realize how comprehensive solution it truly is and how its functionality extends beyond just testing. Some of its amazing feature set include:
This gives developers access Postman account data, programmatically. With it developers can perform all typical CRUD operations on their Postman mocks and collections.
Postman’s Echo service helps keep things sane and works as a learning tool for developers. It lets them make sample API calls besides facilitating RUST client testing.
The workflow control conditional logic feature of Postman lets developers use such logic in both the Tests and the Pre-requests tabs. This means that developers can decide programmatically request execution order after determining which requests are to be processed.
Postman API also now boasts of a wide array of robust and comprehensive collaboration tools which make isolated API development and testing a thing of the past.
Most developers are aware of how they can define collection-level variables and authentication and how these may be inheritable properties. However, not many are aware of how Postman lets you create code in the Tests and Pre-request tabs. Developers can set them to run before and following a request in the collection. The pre-request tabs code gets executed before the request and the Test code after processing the request.
Monitors for Regression Testing
With Postman developers can execute the same monitor across a wide range of operating environments. This facilitates testing against many scenarios that take place at different times during the day. With this feature you can flag API issues relatively early in the development process. It all lets you conduct automated continuous regression testing.
Built-in GraphQL Support- Developers are aware of the potentialities enabled by GraphQL and how its popularity has increased by leaps and bounds. Postman accordingly provides support for GraphQL which extends its functionality significantly.
Advantages of Using Postman:
There are a wide number of advantages that come with the use of the Postman tool that include:
- It makes the creation, documentation, and testing of APIs easy and shareable
- It lets you collect and store information necessary for test execution on a wide range of operating environments
- It lets you store data which you can use for running another test
- It integrates smoothly and seamlessly with different build systems
- Postman sports an attractive and intuitive UI
- It makes easy to port environment and tests to other code repos
Free vs paid Postman plans
QA Engineers can use Postman based on usage with 4 different plans that cater Detailed information on both free and paid Postman plans are available on its official website to learn about.
Why Choose Postman?
Postman is an industry-leading testing tool when it comes to automation of such tests. Developers can expect to see a 30% to 40% surge in efficiency by using Postman. The significantly reduced testing time lets developers to also conduct in-sprint automation tests.
Experts laud Postman for its ability to directly import calls and turn it into a Postman collection. Following this, developers can do batch testing on the collection. This is a super-useful time saving Postman feature. Postman reduces the need for human intervention significantly as developers can simply pick a particular collection script and then process and run and get the results accordingly.
Developers also prefer Postman while doing REST API testing. For the abundance of features that Postman provides it is fast and as mentioned before it requires little developer effort to get the desired testing results. Developers can simply post their endpoints to get authorization. The most prevalent authorization method used by developers for this purpose is authentication 2.0 and Postman provides full support for it.
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