Postman: The Easy Way to Work with APIs

        

This is a guest post by Valentin Despa, software developer and online instructor. Learn more about Valentin in our Community Spotlight blog post. Don’t forget to check out Postman Chief Evangelist Kin Lane’s excellent Intro to APIs: What Is an API? overview blog post as a helpful companion to this piece. I think the best way…

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Intro to APIs: History of APIs

        

In order to understand why APIs are so important, we’ll need to take a look at how we got here. While web APIs have a relatively brief history, it’s resulted in them being behind almost every aspect of how we do business online. When you hear the acronym “API” or its expanded version “Application Programming…

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Intro to APIs: Where Do You Get Started with APIs?

        

One of the biggest challenges with onboarding people to the world of APIs is that there are so many different use cases. There are tons of ways in which someone might need to get started depending on what they are looking to accomplish, and how much they already know about technology. APIs are everywhere, and…

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Intro to APIs: Why You Should Care about APIs

        

Continuing our series centered around introducing APIs to our more mainstream business users, we wanted to go beyond what an API is, and what APIs are used for, and focus a little more on why you should care about APIs in the first place. Developers understand the relevance of APIs when it comes to developing…

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Intro to APIs: What Are APIs Used for?

        

Building upon our most recent story introducing APIs, we wanted to continue our series with an introduction to what APIs are used for. Since APIs are so ubiquitous, it can be difficult to fully understand how they are used by both developers and non-developer business audiences. APIs have been around for decades. Modern web APIs…

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First 5 things to try if you’re new to Postman

        

New to Postman? Welcome! Even though there’s a ton of developers already using Postman everyday, the number of new users just now discovering Postman is mind-boggling ?. If you’re reading this, I’ll assume you’ve already downloaded the Postman app and created a Postman account. Maybe you’ve sent a request, and inspected the response. Maybe you’ve…

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10 Tips for Working with Postman Variables

        

This is a follow-up to our popular post about introducing variables in Postman. Variables are a fundamental concept in programming, and in Postman, they can be your best friend. Instead of painstakingly updating individual values, use variables to cascade changes effortlessly through the rest of your code. If you’re not already using variables in Postman,…

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API Testing Tips from a Postman Professional

        

As an engineer at Postman, I talk to a lot of people who use Postman to test their APIs. Over the years, I’ve picked up 10 tips and tricks for simplifying and automating the task of API testing. TIP #1: write tests The first step to API testing is to actually do it. Without good…

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