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Alternatives to Restlet

Postman, Jersey, Apache CXF, Spring Boot, and Spring are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Restlet.
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What is Restlet and what are its top alternatives?

It is an open source REST framework for the Java platform. It is suitable for both server and client Web applications. It supports major Internet transport, data format, and service description standards like HTTP and HTTPS, SMTP, XML, JSON, Atom, and WADL
Restlet is a tool in the API Tools category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Restlet

  • Postman

    Postman

    It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide. ...

  • Jersey

    Jersey

    It is open source, production quality, framework for developing RESTful Web Services in Java that provides support for JAX-RS APIs and serves as a JAX-RS (JSR 311 & JSR 339) Reference Implementation. It provides it’s own API that extend the JAX-RS toolkit with additional features and utilities to further simplify RESTful service and client development. ...

  • Apache CXF

    Apache CXF

    It helps you build and develop services using frontend programming APIs, like JAX-WS and JAX-RS. These services can speak a variety of protocols such as SOAP, XML/HTTP, RESTful HTTP, or CORBA and work over a variety of transports such as HTTP, JMS or JBI. ...

  • Spring Boot

    Spring Boot

    Spring Boot makes it easy to create stand-alone, production-grade Spring based Applications that you can "just run". We take an opinionated view of the Spring platform and third-party libraries so you can get started with minimum fuss. Most Spring Boot applications need very little Spring configuration. ...

  • Spring

    Spring

    A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments. ...

  • Amazon API Gateway

    Amazon API Gateway

    Amazon API Gateway handles all the tasks involved in accepting and processing up to hundreds of thousands of concurrent API calls, including traffic management, authorization and access control, monitoring, and API version management. ...

  • Insomnia REST Client

    Insomnia REST Client

    Insomnia is a powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication for Mac, Window, and Linux. ...

  • OpenAPI

    OpenAPI

    It is a publicly available application programming interface that provides developers with programmatic access to a proprietary software application or web service. ...

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    Great tool
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    Makes developing rest api's easy peasy
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    Easy setup, looks good
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    The best api workflow out there
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    It's the best
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    History feature
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    Adds real value to my workflow
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    Great interface that magically predicts your needs
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    The best in class app
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    Can save and share script
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    Fully featured without looking cluttered
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    Option to run scrips
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    Collections
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    Global/Environment Variables
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    Dead simple and useful. Excellent
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    Dark theme easy on the eyes
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    Shareable Collections
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    Great integration with newman
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    Awesome customer support
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    Documentation
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    The test script is useful
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    Simple
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    Makes testing API's as easy as 1,2,3
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    Easy as pie
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    Saves responses
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    This has simplified my testing significantly
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    API-network
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    Mocking API calls with predefined response
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    I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
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    Graph
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    Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable
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    Continuous integration using newman
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    Now supports GraphQL
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    Postman Runner CI Integration
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    Easy to setup, test and provides test storage
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    Runner
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    <a href="http://fixbit.com/">useful tool</a>
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    Stores credentials in HTTP
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    Poor GraphQL support
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    Bloated features and UI
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    Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens
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    Expensive
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    Support websocket
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    Import curl
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    Import swagger
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    Can't prompt for per-request variables

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Engineering Manager at Segment · | 30 upvotes · 2.1M views

We just launched the Segment Config API (try it out for yourself here) — a set of public REST APIs that enable you to manage your Segment configuration. A public API is only as good as its #documentation. For the API reference doc we are using Postman.

Postman is an “API development environment”. You download the desktop app, and build API requests by URL and payload. Over time you can build up a set of requests and organize them into a “Postman Collection”. You can generalize a collection with “collection variables”. This allows you to parameterize things like username, password and workspace_name so a user can fill their own values in before making an API call. This makes it possible to use Postman for one-off API tasks instead of writing code.

Then you can add Markdown content to the entire collection, a folder of related methods, and/or every API method to explain how the APIs work. You can publish a collection and easily share it with a URL.

This turns Postman from a personal #API utility to full-blown public interactive API documentation. The result is a great looking web page with all the API calls, docs and sample requests and responses in one place. Check out the results here.

Postman’s powers don’t end here. You can automate Postman with “test scripts” and have it periodically run a collection scripts as “monitors”. We now have #QA around all the APIs in public docs to make sure they are always correct

Along the way we tried other techniques for documenting APIs like ReadMe.io or Swagger UI. These required a lot of effort to customize.

Writing and maintaining a Postman collection takes some work, but the resulting documentation site, interactivity and API testing tools are well worth it.

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Simon Reymann
Senior Fullstack Developer at QUANTUSflow Software GmbH · | 25 upvotes · 2.2M views

Our whole Node.js backend stack consists of the following tools:

  • Lerna as a tool for multi package and multi repository management
  • npm as package manager
  • NestJS as Node.js framework
  • TypeScript as programming language
  • ExpressJS as web server
  • Swagger UI for visualizing and interacting with the API’s resources
  • Postman as a tool for API development
  • TypeORM as object relational mapping layer
  • JSON Web Token for access token management

The main reason we have chosen Node.js over PHP is related to the following artifacts:

  • Made for the web and widely in use: Node.js is a software platform for developing server-side network services. Well-known projects that rely on Node.js include the blogging software Ghost, the project management tool Trello and the operating system WebOS. Node.js requires the JavaScript runtime environment V8, which was specially developed by Google for the popular Chrome browser. This guarantees a very resource-saving architecture, which qualifies Node.js especially for the operation of a web server. Ryan Dahl, the developer of Node.js, released the first stable version on May 27, 2009. He developed Node.js out of dissatisfaction with the possibilities that JavaScript offered at the time. The basic functionality of Node.js has been mapped with JavaScript since the first version, which can be expanded with a large number of different modules. The current package managers (npm or Yarn) for Node.js know more than 1,000,000 of these modules.
  • Fast server-side solutions: Node.js adopts the JavaScript "event-loop" to create non-blocking I/O applications that conveniently serve simultaneous events. With the standard available asynchronous processing within JavaScript/TypeScript, highly scalable, server-side solutions can be realized. The efficient use of the CPU and the RAM is maximized and more simultaneous requests can be processed than with conventional multi-thread servers.
  • A language along the entire stack: Widely used frameworks such as React or AngularJS or Vue.js, which we prefer, are written in JavaScript/TypeScript. If Node.js is now used on the server side, you can use all the advantages of a uniform script language throughout the entire application development. The same language in the back- and frontend simplifies the maintenance of the application and also the coordination within the development team.
  • Flexibility: Node.js sets very few strict dependencies, rules and guidelines and thus grants a high degree of flexibility in application development. There are no strict conventions so that the appropriate architecture, design structures, modules and features can be freely selected for the development.
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Jersey

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PROS OF JERSEY
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    Fast Performance With Microservices
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    Java standard
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    Apache CXF

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          Java
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          Fast
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          Extensible
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          Lots of "off the shelf" functionalities
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          Cloud Solid
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          Caches well
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          Many receipes around for obscure features
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          Productive
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          Modular
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          Spring ecosystem is great
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          Integrations with most other Java frameworks
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          Fast Performance With Microservices
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          Auto-configuration
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          Community
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          One-stop shop
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          Easy setup, Community Support, Solid for ERP apps
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          Cross-platform
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          Easy to parallelize
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          Easy setup, good for build erp systems, well documented
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          Powerful 3rd party libraries and frameworks
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          Easy setup, Git Integration
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          Kotlin
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          It's so easier to start a project on spring
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        Praveen Mooli
        Engineering Manager at Taylor and Francis · | 14 upvotes · 2.1M views

        We are in the process of building a modern content platform to deliver our content through various channels. We decided to go with Microservices architecture as we wanted scale. Microservice architecture style is an approach to developing an application as a suite of small independently deployable services built around specific business capabilities. You can gain modularity, extensive parallelism and cost-effective scaling by deploying services across many distributed servers. Microservices modularity facilitates independent updates/deployments, and helps to avoid single point of failure, which can help prevent large-scale outages. We also decided to use Event Driven Architecture pattern which is a popular distributed asynchronous architecture pattern used to produce highly scalable applications. The event-driven architecture is made up of highly decoupled, single-purpose event processing components that asynchronously receive and process events.

        To build our #Backend capabilities we decided to use the following: 1. #Microservices - Java with Spring Boot , Node.js with ExpressJS and Python with Flask 2. #Eventsourcingframework - Amazon Kinesis , Amazon Kinesis Firehose , Amazon SNS , Amazon SQS, AWS Lambda 3. #Data - Amazon RDS , Amazon DynamoDB , Amazon S3 , MongoDB Atlas

        To build #Webapps we decided to use Angular 2 with RxJS

        #Devops - GitHub , Travis CI , Terraform , Docker , Serverless

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          Open source
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          Enterprise
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          Lot of great subprojects
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          Easy setup
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          Convention , configuration, done
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          Standard
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          Love the logic
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          Good documentation
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          Stability
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          Dependency injection
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          MVC
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          Easy
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          Strong typing
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          Makes the hard stuff fun & the easy stuff automatic
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          Maven
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          Code maintenance
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          Best practices
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          Great Desgin
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          Easy Integration with Spring Security
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          Integrations with most other Java frameworks
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          Java has more support and more libraries
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          Large ecosystem with seamless integration
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          Live project
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