Including API tests in your test-driven development process offers various advantages to engineering teams throughout the lifecycle that get passed down to customers in the form of better quality services
Fremont, CA: API monitoring in production ensures those active API endpoints are up, fast, and returning the data that’s expected, which benefits companies. Enterprises that are creating restful APIs are beginning to develop those API tests during the build process in staging and dev environments. Through this, one can start testing API endpoints before they are provided to the customers, meaning companies are testing to ensure that everything is as they promised before delivering the APIs.
Three ways a company will benefit from including API tests in the development process:
The benefits of creating an API test in initial stages is the rewards reaped after deploying the bulk of tests that have already been dealt with. Dev and QA teams build tests and implement them in dev and staging environments, which are then reused by the DevOps team to monitor those use cases. DevOps then repeats and adds more tests which are reused again by the dev and QA teams when creating new endpoints. Reusing API tests throughout the development lifecycle facilitates collaboration among teams and offers an extensive and precise testing order.
Repeating API tests will make them more reliable and complete, benefitting the team in the long run. It will also raise the product or API quality and reduce the number of faults that will probably have been found in the future.
During development, API testing will identify problems with the API, server, network, services, and more, which would not have been found or solved easily after production. Once the software is deployed, the team will create more tests to record new and develop use cases. These tests, along with the ones built during production, will prevent almost any fail scenario keeping QA and customer support teams from being overwhelmed with support tickets.