SmartBear Software has released a new version of SoapUI Pro, including a new plug-in framework that allows users to create, browse and install plug-ins for SoapUI Pro’s API testing functionality.
API design and testing has become increasingly complicated in recent years with the advent of the API economy and the Internet of Things (IoT), both driving rapid development and adoption of APIs. The API technologies continue to evolve as well, creating a complex map of testing and development concerns. Being confined to out-of-the-box functionality for any development tool can force process and technology choices that are suboptimal for an organization. This is especially true in the world of APIs where the choices impact an organization’s ability to respond to market demands and evolving capabilities.
SoapUI Pro’s new plug-in architecture makes extending the tool fast and easy. The simplified plug-in framework uses annotation-based extension points instead of XML configuration files and provides automatic installation of any third-party dependencies. To get started faster, SoapUI Pro includes an extensive sample plug-in project that models the various aspects of the framework and is available on GitHub. Once you’ve built your plug-in, you can share it via the improved integration with SoapUI Pro’s user interface, so other SoapUI Pro users are able to find and install the plug-in quickly and easily.
SoapUI Pro 5.1 provides enhancements that further its support of REST APIs, including “point and click” testing for JSON, which allows choosing assertions and transfer properties from a right-click selection menu. It includes a redesigned starter page with Quick Launch links for select features and Find It Fast videos that provide one-minute highlights of certain features.