A False Sense of Security: Why API Tests and Monitors Fail to Detect and Diagnose Many Bugs

Posted Oct 26th, 2021

This eBook dives into the stories behind several devastating API bugs that impacted five large enterprises, and shows how Sauce Labs API Testing and Monitoring (Sauce Labs API Fortress) helped the companies achieve consistent quality at speed.

As the competitive drive increases to ship products faster by shortening testing times, the risk of potentially dangerous API bugs going live is growing at an alarming rate. Too many bugs slip past continuous API tests and monitors despite “acceptable” PASS rates. In this eBook, dive into the stories behind several devastating API bugs that impacted five large enterprises, and see how Sauce Labs API Testing and Monitoring (Sauce Labs API Fortress) helped the companies achieve consistent quality at speed.

Key Takeaways

  • Feedback loops must be highly usable: Developers and QA engineers need detailed reporting from API tests and monitors that allow them to collaborate easily and act quickly to diagnose, debug, and remediate.

  • Reliable APIs need reliable API testing and monitors with high observability: In order to accurately capture real world scenarios, API testing tools must offer seamless test reusability across the entire API quality spectrum. For instance, by reusing data-driven functional and end-to-end tests as functional load tests, developers and testers can understand precisely how stress and different traffic patterns impact performance and functioning.

  • Shorter testing times for shorter release cycles only works with much higher test productivity: When challenged to do more testing in less time (without increasing headcount), developers’ lives become much easier with the flexibility of an API testing platform that allows them to choose the right type of API testing (from contract testing to mocking, data-driven functional, end-to-end, and load testing) without hesitating due to fears of excessive time, effort, cost and flakiness. Breakthrough strategies and modern API testing tools can significantly accelerate test creation (from spec files or payloads) and automated execution.

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Topics

API MockingAPI MonitoringAPI Testing