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Testing REST APIs for fun and profit

Robert Schultheis is currently a test engineer at Knewton, and has tested a variety software stacks over his 12 years experience in the software world.

This talk is about advocating for Rest APIs from the perspective of testability.  Rest APIs can be a great way to support and augment Selenium tests, as well a very effective way to test without Selenium.  To get the most value out of Rest APIs, there are important technical, and cultural considerations that should be addressed.

Robert has used experience working with Rest APIs to create a new open source library that, in combination with RSpec, makes for test suites that optimize for expressiveness and accessibility.  Part of the talk will introduce this new library, and part of the talk will center on organizational culture around tests and how to derive the greatest value out of your test suites.

Note: food & drinks will be served, the talk will start at 7 PM.

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  • Mona S.

    I was finally able to edit the video and upload it, apologies for the delay. You can watch the video here

    1 · October 12, 2013

    • Mona S.


      October 16, 2013

    • Rob

      Sorry, the presentation was a mix of a 'prezi' and live demo's off the cmd line. Its not online. It would be cool to work out a screencast of some sort for this kind of presentation, but we just didnt do that this time around.

      October 17, 2013

  • Benjamin K.

    will the video be uploaded soon?

    October 5, 2013

    • Mona S.

      Yes I am still working on to edit the 2 hour long video, will be uploading them soon.

      October 7, 2013

    • Benjamin K.

      I have experience in video so if you ever need a hand in the future, please reach out

      October 7, 2013

  • Muz

    Sorry for a last minute change, i am very busy with a project and i wont be able to make it..

    October 1, 2013

  • Sarat

    Look forward...

    September 30, 2013

  • Nidhi P.

    Unfortunately, I wont be able to make it to this meet up, since I will be out of town. Can someone please share the recording with me?

    September 25, 2013

    • Nidhi P.

      Thank you Rob. Appreciate it!

      September 26, 2013

    • Nidhi P.

      I have been testing RESTful APIs and would love to hear about your perspective and testing techniques. Thanks for presenting at this meet up! :)

      September 26, 2013

  • Roman


    September 22, 2013

  • Ashwin S.

    I am new to REST API's and would be interested in learning more. Thanks

    September 18, 2013

  • Noah S.

    Advanced REST Client Chrome extension is a simple-yet-powerful tool for exploratory API testing. Kind of blew my mind first time I tried it :)

    3 · September 16, 2013

    • Nidhi P.

      +1 to that. Advanced REST Client Chrome is superb!

      1 · September 16, 2013

  • Perze A. is also a good way to perform a certain degree of integration testing. I found this very helpful simulating how an app (web or mobile) responds to certain conditions.

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Rob

    Looking forward to presenting this talk and hosting at Knewton! For those who'd like a peek at this new library, check out:

    2 · September 16, 2013

  • Muz

    I never worked on REST API testing wanted to learn more..

    September 16, 2013

  • Thilakavathy S.

    I'm new to REST API testing and I'd like to learn about it through this meetup. Thanks Mona for organizing this meetup.

    1 · September 16, 2013

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