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What is API Umbrella?

API Umbrella is a proxy that sits in front of your APIs. It can seamlessly add common functionality like api keys, rate limiting, and analytics to any API.

What is Kong?

Kong is a scalable, open source API Layer (also known as an API Gateway, or API Middleware). Kong controls layer 4 and 7 traffic and is extended through Plugins, which provide extra functionality and services beyond the core platform.

What is Postman?

It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.
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        What are some alternatives to API Umbrella, Kong, and Postman?
        Gravitee.io
        It is a flexible, lightweight and blazing-fast open source API Platform that helps your organization control finely who, when and how users access your APIs.
        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 is a powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication for Mac, Window, and Linux.
        Paw
        Paw is a full-featured and beautifully designed Mac app that makes interaction with REST services delightful. Either you are an API maker or consumer, Paw helps you build HTTP requests, inspect the server's response and even generate client code.
        Runscope
        Keep tabs on all aspects of your API's performance with uptime monitoring, integration testing, logging and real-time monitoring.
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        Decisions about API Umbrella, Kong, and Postman
        Kong
        Kong

        I use Kong because it reliably proxies traffic quickly with an assortment of pluggable features. The engineers behind the product are of the highest quality. The Company has cultivated the largest active open source community of any API gateway. They generally squash bugs in hours or days not weeks/months. Company engineers help community members through social avenues as well as supporting large enterprise. They heavily value their product and individuals as opposed to just solely growing enterprise license fees.

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        Noah Zoschke
        Noah Zoschke
        Engineering Manager at Segment · | 29 upvotes · 555.3K views
        atSegmentSegment
        Postman
        Postman
        Markdown
        Markdown
        ReadMe.io
        ReadMe.io
        Swagger UI
        Swagger UI
        #Documentation
        #Api
        #QA

        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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        Al Tsang
        Al Tsang
        CEO at LunchBadger · | 4 upvotes · 175.1K views
        atLunchBadgerLunchBadger
        Tyk Cloud
        Tyk Cloud
        Kong
        Kong
        ExpressJS
        ExpressJS
        Express Gateway
        Express Gateway
        #Gateway
        #OAuth2
        #JWT
        #APIs
        Problem/Challenge

        We needed a lightweight and completely customizable #microservices #gateway to be able to generate #JWT and introspect #OAuth2 tokens as well. The #gateway was going to front all #APIs for our single page web app as well as externalized #APIs for our partners.

        Contenders

        We looked at Tyk Cloud and Kong. Kong's plugins are all Lua based and its core is NGINX and OpenResty. Although it's open source, it's not the greatest platform to be able to customize. On top of that enterprise features are paid and expensive. Tyk is Go and the nomenclature used within Tyk like "sessions" was bizarre, and again enterprise features were paid.

        Decision

        We ultimately decided to roll our own using ExpressJS into Express Gateway because the use case for using ExpressJS as an #API #gateway was tried and true, in fact - all the enterprise features that the other two charge for #OAuth2 introspection etc were freely available within ExpressJS middleware.

        Outcome

        We opened source Express Gateway with a core set of plugins and the community started writing their own and could quickly do so by rolling lots of ExpressJS middleware into Express Gateway

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        Jagdeep Singh
        Jagdeep Singh
        Tech Lead at ucreate.it · | 8 upvotes · 20.9K views
        atucreateucreate
        Postman
        Postman

        I use Postman because of the ease of team-management, using workspaces and teams, runner, collections, environment variables, test-scripts (post execution), variable management (pre and post execution), folders (inside collections, for better management of APIs), newman, easy-ci-integration (and probably a few more things that I am not able to recall right now).

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        Nicholas Rogoff
        Nicholas Rogoff
        at Avanade UK Ltd. · | 7 upvotes · 311.8K views
        atNHS Digital (NHS.UK)NHS Digital (NHS.UK)
        .NET Core
        .NET Core
        C#
        C#
        Microsoft SQL Server
        Microsoft SQL Server
        JavaScript
        JavaScript
        jQuery
        jQuery
        Git
        Git
        Azure DevOps
        Azure DevOps
        Postman
        Postman
        Newman
        Newman
        Visual Studio Code
        Visual Studio Code
        Visual Studio
        Visual Studio

        Secure Membership Web API backed by SQL Server. This is the backing API to store additional profile and complex membership metadata outside of an Azure AD B2C provider. The front-end using the Azure AD B2C to allow 3rd party trusted identity providers to authenticate. This API provides a way to add and manage more complex permission structures than can easily be maintained in Azure AD.

        We have .Net developers and an Azure infrastructure environment using server-less functions, logic apps and SaaS where ever possible. For this service I opted to keep it as a classic WebAPI project and deployed to AppService.

        • Trusted Authentication Provider: @AzureActiveDirectoryB2C
        • Frameworks: .NET Core
        • Language: C# , Microsoft SQL Server , JavaScript
        • IDEs: Visual Studio Code , Visual Studio
        • Libraries: jQuery @EntityFramework, @AutoMapper, @FeatureToggle , @Swashbuckle
        • Database: @SqlAzure
        • Source Control: Git
        • Build and Release Pipelines: Azure DevOps
        • Test tools: Postman , Newman
        • Test framework: @nUnit, @moq
        • Infrastructure: @AzureAppService, @AzureAPIManagement
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        Jason Barry
        Jason Barry
        Cofounder at FeaturePeek · | 4 upvotes · 163.6K views
        atFeaturePeekFeaturePeek
        Insomnia REST Client
        Insomnia REST Client
        Postman
        Postman
        Paw
        Paw
        Dropbox
        Dropbox

        We've tried a couple REST clients over the years, and Insomnia REST Client has won us over the most. Here's what we like about it compared to other contenders in this category:

        • Uncluttered UI. Things are only in your face when you need them, and the app is visually organized in an intuitive manner.
        • Native Mac app. We wanted the look and feel to be on par with other apps in our OS rather than a web app / Electron app (cough Postman).
        • Easy team sync. Other apps have this too, but Insomnia's model best sets the "set and forget" mentality. Syncs are near instant and I'm always assured that I'm working on the latest version of API endpoints. Apps like Paw use a git-based approach to revision history, but I think this actually over-complicates the sync feature. For ensuring I'm always working on the latest version of something, I'd rather have the sync model be closer to Dropbox's than git's, and Insomnia is closer to Dropbox in that regard.

        Some features like automatic public-facing documentation aren't supported, but we currently don't have any public APIs, so this didn't matter to us.

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        Joshua Dean KĂĽpper
        Joshua Dean KĂĽpper
        CEO at Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) · | 3 upvotes · 1K views
        atScrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
        OpenAPI
        OpenAPI
        Swagger UI
        Swagger UI
        Postman
        Postman
        Swagger Inspector
        Swagger Inspector

        We use Swagger Inspector in conjunction with our universal REST-API "Charon". Swagger Inspector makes testing edge-cases hassle-free and lets testing look easy. Swagger Inspector was also a great help to explore the Mojang-API, that we are dependent on, because it is the central repository for minecraft-account-data.

        We previously used Postman but decided to switch over to Swagger Inspector because it also integrated seamlessly into Swagger UI, which we use for displaying our OpenAPI specification of said REST-API.

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        Reviews of API Umbrella, Kong, and Postman
        Review ofKongKong

        We're a small startup in San Francisco (team of 18 people). After spending lots of time building our core technology, it was time to bring it to life and deploy with several very large customers (500+ API requests/customer/minute).

        We looked for a solid API management solution that would allow for easy authentication, quick installation and great logging features (requests and responses). After looking at various (very) expensive solutions out there, we ran into Kong.

        After testing it for a few days, we deployed quickly to production to serve the needs of our customers. 3 weeks in, our experience has been great. Highly recommended to anyone who's looking for API management solutions.

        P.s. Scored "Reliability" as "OK" for now with lack of data. Will definitely update once we've had Kong in production for a longer period of time.

        Avatar of sergiotapia
        Senior Software Engineer
        Review ofPostmanPostman

        If you're building an API service, this Chrome extension is a must-have. It'll let you ping your endpoints using a nice clean UI that's built right into Chrome. You can also share your previous requests - a simple way to 'document' your API if you're short on time.

        Avatar of DaneLyons
        Cofounder
        Review ofPostmanPostman

        If someone is having trouble shipping data to the Knowtify API, I almost always share my postman collection. Working through the issue from there is typically pretty easy.

        Avatar of jgentes
        Founder of StartupCommunity.org at The Social Business
        Review ofPostmanPostman

        Not much to say, it's the best free tool out there for testing APIs. Get it.

        How developers use API Umbrella, Kong, and Postman
        Avatar of shridhardalavi
        shridhardalavi uses PostmanPostman

        Postman is a powerful tool for performing integration testing with your API. It allows for repeatable, reliable tests that can be automated and used in a variety of environments and includes useful tools for persisting data and simulating how a user might actually be interacting with the system

        Avatar of Rashid Muhammad
        Rashid Muhammad uses PostmanPostman

        I use it for testing my Web Api. It's a easy tool for interacting with a RESTFul API and provides great tools for organizing requests. The Newman tool is great for allowing your tests to run in a CI/CD pipeline.

        Avatar of Xpertz
        Xpertz uses PostmanPostman

        Used to test API endpoints and monitor API which also acts as an API heartbeat to keep functions alive in Google Cloud in order to avoid timeout responses to Slack.

        Avatar of Onezino Gabriel
        Onezino Gabriel uses PostmanPostman

        Ferramenta disponível para os desenvolvedores testarem o end-point durante seu ciclo de desenvolvimento. Ele também permite testar a integração com outras api.

        Avatar of David Flynn
        David Flynn uses PostmanPostman

        We use Postman for all our API testing. Postman is invaluable. We would like to have a team licence so that we can use shared work spaces and test collections.

        Avatar of Vincent Vermersch
        Vincent Vermersch uses KongKong

        And if developper can also code the load balancer ? Add plugin, dynamically change backend, Kong give this versatility

        Avatar of Datacoon
        Datacoon uses KongKong

        Easy to use

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