SmartBear has released and API exploration tool that supports REST and event-driven specifications.
The promise, or so we’re told, is ‘instant visibility’ for developers into API limitations.
The company, known for its software development and visibility tools, is giving developers instant access to RESTful and Apache Kafka endpoints with the new SwaggerHub Explore – a free API exploration tool that enables developers to visualise API data in a single place and evaluate functionality before investing time in API integration.
This addresses a major developer challenge and speeds up development of high-quality software with limited resources.
REST APIs are the most common APIs used across the web.
The challenge is that conventional methods to explore API behaviour create a lot of friction.
It can be resource-intensive and slow down development speeds but is necessary to avoid integrating APIs that are not ready.
In today’s competitive and time-constrained environment, making the wrong API decisions can impact top and bottom lines.
“SwaggerHub Explore is a developer-centric tool that brings new innovation to the SmartBear API lifecycle portfolio of solutions,” said Sean Butler, vice president of product management at SmartBear. “Developers can now gain increased visibility into API endpoints while better understanding their functionality.”
Thousands of organisations use Apache Kafka.
SwaggerHub Explore simplifies the process by offering visibility to developers for investigating multiprotocol RESTful and Apache Kafka endpoints. Developers can send a request and receive an instant response, finding out more about API behaviours, saving time and effort during the integration process.
Confident API integration
Once developers understand how an API works, they can confidently integrate it and go to market with their releases.
As part of the SmartBear API Developer Lifecycle platform and an integrated part of SwaggerHub, SwaggerHub Explore was designed to meet developers where they are in their API journey as well as reduce context switching between tools.
SmartBear insists that SwaggerHub Explore represents the next step in delivering higher-valued tools to engineering teams while streamlining the work they need to do to maintain different products.