Swagger (now known as OpenAPI) is a well-known framework for describing the API specifications. Swagger removes ambiguity among multiple teams (e.g. frontend team, backend team, testing team) by having the proper API specification. And development and testing teams can work in parallel by referring the same spec.
Today in this post, we will look at how the swagger spec also helps us in making the automated API validation process easier. We have developed a tool named as vREST NG for validating the REST APIs and it also imports the swagger specification and makes the validation process against the imported schema much easier. Continue reading Easily validate your REST APIs by using the swagger definitions
Version control of test data also plays a great role in the same manner as you can’t live without source code version control. You should definitely think of this dimension while choosing the test automation tool. Otherwise, you will face various issues once you have adopted the tool in the later run. The following issues are centered around version control:
- Test data Auditing (Who changed what data at what time)
- Review process
- Minimizing merge conflicts
- Team collaboration or sharing issues
- Backup and restore test data
Continue reading Minimize merge conflicts with structured test data
In the API Testing world, if an automated testing tool doesn’t provide reusability then you will pay a great cost while maintaining the test suites over a period of time. Reusability and maintainability are two sides of the same coin. If reusability decreases then maintainability also decreases and vice versa. If you are having a small number of APIs/test cases then reusability might not be a concern for you, but if your whole architecture is based around APIs then reusability plays a great role while creating the automated test suites for those APIs. And it is very important to think about this dimension while choosing the API automation framework/tool. We should follow the DRY (Do not repeat yourself) principle.
Continue reading Reusable Automation Test Scripts for API testing