SwaggerHub Explore lets developers instantly analyse RESTful APIs and Apache Kafka services

SwaggerHub Explore lets developers instantly analyse RESTful APIs and Apache Kafka services Duncan is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years experience in journalism. Having launched his tech journalism career as editor of Arabian Computer News in Dubai, he has since edited an array of tech and digital marketing publications, including Computer Business Review, TechWeekEurope, Figaro Digital, Digit and Marketing Gazette.

SmartBear, a provider of software development and visibility tools, is giving developers instant access to RESTful and Apache Kafka endpoints with the new SwaggerHub Explore.

The free API exploration tool has an easy-to-use interface and accelerates the development lifecycle, allowing developers to easily visualise API data in a single place and quickly evaluate functionality before investing valuable time in API integration. This addresses a major developer challenge and speeds up development of high-quality software with limited resources.

Sean Butler, VP of product management at SmartBear, said: “SwaggerHub Explore is a developer-centric tool that brings new innovation to the SmartBear API lifecycle portfolio of solutions.

“Developers can now gain increased visibility into API endpoints while better understanding their functionality. SmartBear continues delivering confidence behind developers’ code with SwaggerHub Explore.”

Thousands of organisations use Apache Kafka, including internet giants, car manufacturers, and stock exchanges, and has more than 5 million unique lifetime downloads. REST APIs are the most common APIs used across the web. The challenge is that conventional methods to explore API behaviour create a lot of friction. It can be resource-intensive and slow down development speeds but is necessary to avoid integrating APIs that are not ready. In today’s competitive and time-constrained environment, making the wrong API decisions can impact top and bottom lines.

SwaggerHub Explore simplifies the entire process by offering visibility to developers for investigating multiprotocol RESTful and Apache Kafka endpoints. Developers can send a request and receive an instant response, finding out more about API behaviours, saving time and effort during the integration process. Once developers understand how an API works, they can confidently integrate it and go to market with their releases.

As part of the SmartBear API Developer Lifecycle platform and an integrated part of SwaggerHub, SwaggerHub Explore was designed to meet developers where they are in their API journey as well as reduce context switching between tools. SwaggerHub Explore represents the next step in delivering higher-valued tools to engineering teams while streamlining the work they need to do to maintain different products. 

SwaggerHub Explore provides capabilities that API developers need without introducing complexity in the SwaggerHub collaboration environment. SmartBear continues to drive an integrated API developer lifecycle platform with the goal of delighting developers, supporting open and universal protocols, and hardening the platform to be enterprise-ready. SmartBear also continues to prioritize releasing new protocols in the near future to provide the best developer experience possible.

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