OPEN TALK (API): Increase Developer Confidence with Faster API Debugging

Sangit Patel
Sauce Labs, Solutions Engineer

Sangit is an engineer by trade, but after some time growing in the ad tech industry he saw an opportunity to shift toward a more client-facing role. In doing so, he realized his passion for bridging the technical side with the business side. After years of using third-party APIs in integrations, Sangit realized that testing for APIs in general was lacking. In joining API Fortress (a Sauce Labs company) he has helped developers and QAs build proper API testing to ensure they deliver quality internally and to their end users. As a Solutions Engineer, Sangit works with clients and business partners to improve their API testing.

Functional and performance tests of API infrastructures offer little value if they cannot produce detailed error reporting and highly usable feedback loops plus detailed reporting, especially in agile and CI/CD pipelines. Too many developers rely on tests that give them (and security teams) a “false sense of security,” resulting in low developer confidence when releases are rushed to market.

Many developers fear that more robust testing becomes a bottleneck that delays releases. Additionally, multiple teams throughout an organization may be using different toolchains with different development languages, testing tools, and QA processes. There’s no way for managers to gain centralized visibility into all of the local and pipeline testing happening (or not happening) across the entire organization. Siloed processes also raise the risk of human error as a build, for instance, passes a test designed for the goals of one team, but may not support the goals of other teams.

In this API World 2021 session, Sangit Patel, Solutions Engineer at Sauce Labs, will explain how to drive developer confidence at any speed with improved API design and more productive and usable API testing and monitoring.

Top five points covered will include:

1. Make it fast and easy to write or generate API contract tests and E2E functional tests from spec files or recorded API traffic.
2. Make it fast and easy to reuse the functional tests as end-to-end tests, which may then be reused as E2E functional load/performance tests.
3. Reuse the holistic E2E functional performance tests as API monitors that can run continuously with or without a CI/CD in any environment, providing accurate and highly usable feedback throughout rapid iteration and changes to code and databases.
4. Simplify refactoring to automate test maintenance and maintain the reliability of API monitors that provide far more coverage and more usable diagnostics (via detailed reporting and dashboards) than synthetic infrastructure monitors or traditional API monitors.
5. Execute and manage API testing from a cloud platform that offers the scalability, flexibility, and interoperability to support centralized API testing and monitoring across all of the toolchains that distributed teams (or individuals) may prefer using - and plan and execute tests that satisfy all goals across all teams.