Leading API Providers Reveal Their Favorite Postman Things
At the start of this year, the Postman team told us about some of their favorite Postman features. It was really cool to find out what people had to say, so then I decided to go outside of our team and ask some of the leading API providers to tell me their favorites. Some people picked features used in producing APIs, like for productivity and team collaboration. Other people picked features geared towards consuming APIs, like to explore and learn new APIs.
Take a look at their favorites, and then learn how you can tell us your own favorite to win some sweet Postman swag in our latest contest.
Here are some API providers’ favorite Postman things
- Workspaces: Philippe Ozil from Salesforce chooses public workspaces. Salesforce manages one of the most popular workspaces in the Postman API Network. Thousands of developers fork their public collections to develop applications and integrations using their APIs.
- Flows: Beth Marshall from Ada Health likes Postman’s low-code, no-code way to build API workflows, called Flows. It’s a brand-new feature, still in beta, but she is already imagining the possibilities and teaching others how to use Flows.
- Variables and code generation: Anthony Dombrowski from Ping Identity can’t pick just one, and chooses environment variables and code generation to replicate API calls in his preferred programming language or framework.
- Run in Postman API: Joel Lord from MongoDB is a fan of the Run in Postman button API. MongoDB updated their developer portal to prefill Postman environments with a user’s personal credentials when they fork the MongoDB public collection.
- Collections: Deepa Goyal from PayPal picks a crowd favorite, Postman Collections. She particularly likes how she can discover and try out new APIs by browsing the Postman API Network.
- History: Nicolas Grenié from Typeform relies on the History as a way to revisit and reuse previously sent requests without creating every call from scratch.
- Collections: Kedasha Kerr from Lacework is another proponent of collections. Their team recently launched the Lacework public workspace to help new API users in their journey.
- Mock servers: Daniele Bernardi from Twitter and his cat are exploring mock servers as a way to deploy an API from an OpenAPI definition and get developers started more quickly.
- OAuth 2.0 helper: Jeremy Thake from Microsoft highlights the OAuth 2.0 authorization helper to get developers up and running, since authentication is one of the first obstacles when working with a new API.
- Pull requests: Marcel Ribas from Google knows the challenges of collaborating within a team, and appreciates pull requests among the version-control capabilities to keep track of contributions and updates.
- Scripts: Charles Watkins from Stripe decides that defining variables in scripts is a winner to programmatically pass along variables throughout a sequence of API calls.
Let’s see this video of the Postman community sharing their favorites:
Leading API providers telling us their current favorite Postman features
Tell us your favorite Postman thing—and win a prize
If April is API month, then that means Postman is giving away swag in April! Tell us about your favorite Postman feature to win a limited-edition Postmanaut bobblehead and other sweet Postman swag. See who won last time:
Congrats to our #PostmanFavorites winners! Here are their @getpostman favorites:@Wei_Bin_Chiu ♥️ console@jeremyfiel ♥️ interceptor@SenseiFavour ♥️ monitors https://t.co/FQsfiHQuVZ
— Joyce Lin (@PetuniaGray) January 27, 2022
To participate in the online drawing, you just have to do the following:
- Tweet about your favorite Postman feature before April 28, 2022
- Include the
#PostmanFavoriteshashtag in your tweet
Winners will be selected using an API from Twitter’s Public Workspace. Your tweet must include a Postman feature and the hashtag
#PostmanFavorites to be eligible. Only one tweet per tweeter counts towards the drawing.
Good luck, and we can’t wait to hear about your favorite Postman things!
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