In this course, I'll help you learn the basics of using Postman to test REST APIs. You'll learn not only how to issue requests to an API, but also how to test these results and automate those tests.
[SOUND] Hey there tuts fans, Derek Jensen coming to you again with another coffee break. And today, we're talking about APIs but we're not talking about writing APIs, we're actually talking about testing them. Now, if you've been paying any sort of attention to the web development trends over the last several years. Then you've probably been hearing quite a bit about restful APIs. They're pretty much everywhere. So, if you've been doing any sort of web development, or have been doing any sort of testing of web development. Then odds are you've probably looked into either writing some APIs. And then maybe even having to test them. Well, I'm here to tell you that one of the most complicated things that you can run into. When dealing with these API is actually testing them. There's a lot of different things you have to pay attention to. You have to pay attention to status codes, error messages. Are you returning the proper text for certain things? Are you returning the proper values for certain fields? And this can be very cumbersome to test through your UI as well as through your API. So today, I'm gonna introduce you to a little friend of mine known as Postman. Postman is a fantastic tool that's going to allow you to not only issue these requests to your APIs and then validate the responses coming back. But it's also going to allow you to automate these things. And make them very visual and easy to see when things are succeeding. And when they're failing. So, over the next eight to ten minutes, I'm gonna show you how to use Postman to do all of these things. And to make your lives testing APIs just a little bit easier.