Welcome to another addition of Code Tip Tuesday. The short, but sweet, blog dedicated to providing tips to the up and coming developer. Today, we are going to focus on a tool that I have fallen in love with recently. The tool is called Postman. You can download the tool for free, and it has some very powerful and rich features that you can use in a myriad of ways. Whether you are building your own API, or simply interacting and receiving data form another API, this tool is invaluable. Have you ever needed a way to view and play with the data coming back, whether in JSON or XML, for an application you are writing? Or, have you ever needed a way to view the data that your API is sending, without having to code an entire client-side application? If either of these are true, than Postman is for you.
Postman allows you to use all of the HTTP verbs with which you are familiar. You can do a GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, and a whole host of others. This allows you to fully test every inch of your API. Furthermore, Postman allows you to interrogate the data that is received, which is incredibly useful. While the tool is mainly designed to help those that are designing an API, it can also be very useful to those building a client-side application. In my current tutorial series, we are going through the basics of RESTful web services and parsing data that we get back. In this series, I show how to use Postman to interact with these web services and get a nice clean version of the data to interrogate. The Postman app allows you to easily interact with the JSON, XML, or other data returned to drill down and find the information that you need. Give the tool a try. Download it, and mess around with the features. I promise you will not be disappointed. Also, check out my latest tutorial to see how to use the tool in action. Thanks for stopping by, and I will see you next Tuesday.