[#VIRTUAL] OPEN TALK (API): Increase Developer Happiness with OpenAPI-driven Quality Engineering

Tom Peelen
Sauce Labs, Senior Solution Engineer

Tom is currently working for Sauce Labs as a Solution Engineer assisting companies of all sizes in better adopting SaaS based testing. Tom originally found his way from tech through Construction Project Management within the electrical and telecommunications space. He then transitioned into helping companies release stable and successful products either before or during market release. 

Most developers did not grow up dreaming of becoming professional debuggers. Nor did they dream of becoming professional gamblers who sometimes bet the house on when to mark an application ready for production. At the end of the day, most developers really want one big thing: digital confidence.

OpenAPI-driven development has emerged as the most popular way to help boost developer confidence. Instead of distributed teams trying to inefficiently collaborate on distributed systems using API documentation that may have to change often, teams can work with confidence on a single version of API truth by turning all documentation into standardized OpenAPI (OAS) specification files. Engineers can then use the OAS files to write API contract, functional, integration and load/performance tests.

But what happens to digital confidence when engineers are asked to add tens or hundreds of microservices? The OpenAPI-driven approach can still work–but it needs to scale at unprecedented levels.

New solutions such as Python micro-frameworks, Flask and FastAPI, have quickly emerged to give developers an easy and highly scalable way to auto-generate OpenAPI spec files from countless API documentation. But these new solutions tell only half the story of scaling digital confidence for microservices, CI/CD pipelines, TDD/BDD and other use cases.

Tom Peelen, Senior Solution Engineer at Sauce Labs, discusses how developers at gaming companies, large banks and financial services companies, retailers, healthcare, telecom and other organizations are handling being held accountable for releases in production. Tom shows how developers using frameworks like FastAPI to auto-generate OAS spec files are also able to almost simultaneously auto-generate API contract tests of both the consumer and provider (via mock servers) during API development. Attendees will also hear Tom describe how Performance, Reliability and API Monitoring teams are leveraging insights from OpenAPI-driven API tests (contract, functional, integration and load/performance) to optimize digital confidence in production environments.