by Tony Harris • March 2, 2021
Developers often create many small API tools that can improve functionality, creation, tests, and management. For many organizations though, a comprehensive API management platform that consolidates many features into a single, unified solution presents an attractive alternative. If you don’t want to bother with managing a suite of small, disparate tools, you could be interested in understanding more about the following API platforms that provide an exhaustive set of features.
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Apigee is a cloud-based API management platform owned by Google. Apigee gives you full lifecycle API management features, including:
Apigee comes with most of the API management features you will ever need. Unfortunately, those features come with a very big price tag. Google doesn’t advertise its rates, but plenty of reviewers have indicated that moving to Apigee has required a significant financial investment. Whilst it’s ability to deliver comprehensive API management is clear, whether you need all of these features at the cost required is something you will need to carefully consider.
Dell Boomi is a cloud-native integration platform as a service (iPaaS) solution with many built-in tools. Many developers like Boomi because it:
Boomi has five integration editions (Base, Professional, Pro Plus, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus). You will need to contact Dell for pricing, which makes it difficult to decide which option best fits your budget. Like the other platforms discussed here, careful thought about whether you need all of the features that come with such a comprehensive API management solution should be given before deciding to commit to large and often very expensive software.
Recommended reading: Reviews, Pricing, and Comparison of Dell Boomi
DreamFactory gives you a complete solution for API creation, functionality, and management. DreamFactory’s open source platform works on nearly all operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. You can choose to run it in on public, private, or hybrid cloud infrastructures, making it easy to move applications when needed.
Other features that make DreamFactory such an attractive option include:
With its API automation and agile features, DreamFactory is clearly one of the top API generation tools. Notably, it costs much less than other API functionality platforms representing a clear alternative both in terms of cost and feature set when compared to some of the other big API management solutions.
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Mulesoft is best known for its Anypoint API and integrations platform. Mulesoft stands out for its:
If you are in the market for a comprehensive API management platform with unrivalled features, it is hard to find a solution that offers more API services than that of MuleSoft Anypoint. Like other similar platforms however, the cost associated with MuleSoft Anypoint can be quite prohibitive. Before deciding on whether you need a platform such as MuleSoft Anypoint, consider whether you need all of the features that come with the product or whether your requirements can be satisfied by a tool that has a more tailored set of features.
It could be the case that your API requirements can be met through a platform that delivers against a specific use. There are a number of platforms that rather than providing a comprehensive suite of features, focus on a more refined set of functionality. Below, we discuss some of these other API platforms, plugins, and tools that have a very targeted application.
A small tool for testing and validating API responses with JSON scheme.
An API tool built for Jenkins. You can choose XML, Python, and JSON with JSONP support options to create jobs, copy jobs, and trigger new builds.
A platform that excels at load resting RESTful, SOAP, and GraphQL web services.
A scalable, intuitive API and web applications platform from IBM
A testing and validating REST service that goes beyond Ruby and Groovy to help developers debug Java apps.
A popular collaboration platform for API development.
Open source software that can performance test apps, servers, and protocols, including TCP, Soap and REST web services, LDAP, FTP, and Java Objects. Offers continuous integration with some third-party libraries.
A SmartBear tool to create, execute, and manage end-to-end tests.
Open source deployment based on the OpenAPI specification.
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Software development teams need comprehensive API management platforms that offer exploratory testing that finds all endpoints, adapts to domain-specific languages, and reuses APIs when possible. Ideally, you want an API creation, validation, and testing platform that automates as many tasks as possible.
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