Monday, March 5, 2018

Postman Master Class Pt. 1

I gave a talk on using Postman while testing. We covered the UI, creating a collection, working with environment variables, and chaining tests with JavaScript.

A big surprise from this talk was how few testers knew about Postman to begin with. When I first started testing websites, I wanted a more reliable way of submitting http requests. The ability to save requests got me out of notepad and command-line cURL. The move to microservices only made it more useful to me.

By far, the biggest discovery was how many testers there were that had never explored its signature features. Environments and scripting make the instrumentation of integration testing almost effortless. Organizations that want automation but don't want to give the time can turn simple tests into bare bones system tests for very little further expense.

I'm planning a Part 2 where I can talk about Newman, the command line collection runner. I also want to demonstrate the mocking and documentation features. If a company adopts their ecosystem, it has the potential to make a tester's life much easier.  Even if it's only a tester's tool, it can help them communicate better with developers and reach into the product with greater ease.

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