Apiary Raises $6.8M, Launches New API Testing Service
Apiary also unveiled a new API testing service that provides a single destination for continuous API testing in the development process, eliminating the manual creation of verification tests and reducing the time and resources spent managing external testing applications. The HTTP testing framework for APIs, previously known as “Dredd,” started as a sponsored open-source project on GitHub and was later integrated into Apiary’s collaborative API development platform after gaining attention from developers. The new testing service enables users to test API specifications with the backend implementation from their local environment as well as within Continuous Integration, a testing framework for local development. Apiary said local development testing with Continuous Integration for API specification can be a tedious multi-step process requiring knowledge of command line tools and service integration, forcing developers to write the tests manually, resulting in at least one line of code for each key. The new testing integration automatically tests everything in API Blueprint against the implementation. “Software developers struggle to create robust APIs that enable the seamless, efficient sharing of data and information between software applications," said Nesetril. “As businesses around the world increasingly rely on APIs to connect information systems, it is critically important to ensure quality—a faulty, buggy API or an improper integration can break vital information links between software, resulting in lost users or business. Apiary’s new testing service—which has been used and iterated upon by the open source community over the past year—changes the way developers create APIs by enabling them to test API fidelity and reliability in live environments in real-time. As a result, API developers can ensure that APIs will work properly the first time, every time.”
Continuous integration significantly reduces integration problems and allows a team to move faster and ship higher quality code, said Paul Biggar, CEO of CircleCI, which provides continuous integration and deployment services. “With Apiary’s new testing support, API bugs are caught early and prevented from reaching customers, enabling businesses to get to market faster and make their customers happy,” he noted.