Postman聽vs聽Socket.IO聽vs聽Swagger UI

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Postman

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Swagger UI

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Advice on Postman, Socket.IO, and Swagger UI
Needs advice
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Socket.IO
Firebase
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Apollo

We are starting to work on a web-based platform aiming to connect artists (clients) and professional freelancers (service providers). In-app, timeline-based, real-time communication between users (& storing it), file transfers, and push notifications are essential core features. We are considering using Node.js, ExpressJS, React, MongoDB stack with Socket.IO & Apollo, or maybe using Real-Time Database and functionalities of Firebase.

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Timothy Malstead
Junior Full Stack Developer at Freelance | 7 upvotes 路 225.9K views
Recommends
Firebase

I would recommend looking hard into Firebase for this project, especially if you do not have dedicated full-stack or backend members on your team.

The real time database, as you mentioned, is a great option, but I would also look into Firestore. Similar to RTDB, it adds more functions and some cool methods as well. Also, another great thing about Firebase is you have easy access to storage and dead simple auth as well.

Node.js Express MongoDB Socket.IO and Apollo are great technologies as well, and may be the better option if you do not wish to cede as much control to third parties in your application.

Overall, I say if you wish to focus more time developing your React application instead of other parts of your stack, Firebase is a great way to do that.

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Ably

Hello Noam 馃憢,

I suggest taking a look at Ably, it has all the realtime features you need and the platform is designed to guarantee critical functionality at scale.

Here is an in depth comparison between Ably and Firebase

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8base

Hey Noam,

I would recommend you to take a look into 8base. It has features you've requested, also relation database and GraphQL API which will help you to develop rapidly.

Thanks, Ilya

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Needs advice
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Postman
Apiary
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Swagger UI

From a StackShare Community member: "I just started working for a start-up and we are in desperate need of better documentation for our API. Currently our API docs is in a README.md file. We are evaluating Postman and Swagger UI. Since there are many options and I was wondering what other StackSharers would recommend?"

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Jagdeep Singh
Tech Lead at ucreate.it | 8 upvotes 路 156.9K views

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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Sadik Ay
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Postman

I recommend Postman because it's easy to use with history option. Also, it has very great features like runner, collections, test scripts runners, defining environment variables and simple exporting and importing data.

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I use Swagger UI because it's an easy tool for end-consumers to visualize and test our APIs. It focuses on that ! And it's directly embedded and delivered with the APIs. Postman's built-in tools aren't bad, but their main focus isn't the documentation and also, they are hosted outside the project.

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Decisions about Postman, Socket.IO, and Swagger UI
Stephen Fox
Artificial Intelligence Fellow | 1 upvote 路 140.5K views

Postman supports automation and organization in a way that Insomnia just doesn't. Admittedly, Insomnia makes it slightly easy to query the data that you get back (in a very MongoDB-esque query language) but Postman sets you up to develop the code that you would use in development/testing right in the editor.

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Pros of Postman
Pros of Socket.IO
Pros of Swagger UI
  • 484
    Easy to use
  • 368
    Great tool
  • 275
    Makes developing rest api's easy peasy
  • 155
    Easy setup, looks good
  • 143
    The best api workflow out there
  • 53
    It's the best
  • 53
    History feature
  • 44
    Adds real value to my workflow
  • 42
    Great interface that magically predicts your needs
  • 34
    The best in class app
  • 11
    Can save and share script
  • 9
    Fully featured without looking cluttered
  • 7
    Global/Environment Variables
  • 7
    Option to run scrips
  • 7
    Collections
  • 6
    Shareable Collections
  • 6
    Dead simple and useful. Excellent
  • 6
    Dark theme easy on the eyes
  • 5
    Awesome customer support
  • 5
    Great integration with newman
  • 4
    The test script is useful
  • 3
    Makes testing API's as easy as 1,2,3
  • 3
    Easy as pie
  • 3
    Saves responses
  • 3
    This has simplified my testing significantly
  • 3
    Simple
  • 3
    Documentation
  • 2
    Mocking API calls with predefined response
  • 2
    I'd recommend it to everyone who works with apis
  • 2
    API-network
  • 1
    Easy to setup, test and provides test storage
  • 1
    Continuous integration using newman
  • 1
    Graph
  • 1
    Pre-request Script and Test attributes are invaluable
  • 1
    Postman Runner CI Integration
  • 1
    Now supports GraphQL
  • 0
    <a href="http://fixbit.com/">useful tool</a>
  • 0
    Runner
  • 213
    Real-time
  • 142
    Event-based communication
  • 141
    Node.js
  • 102
    Open source
  • 101
    WebSockets
  • 26
    Binary streaming
  • 22
    No internet dependency
  • 9
    Fallback to polling if WebSockets not supported
  • 8
    Large community
  • 5
    Ease of access and setup
  • 4
    Push notification
  • 46
    Open Source
  • 34
    Can execute api calls from the documentation
  • 28
    Free to use
  • 19
    Customizable
  • 14
    Easy to implement in .Net
  • 13
    Mature, clean spec
  • 11
    API Visualization
  • 9
    Coverage
  • 6
    Easy to use
  • 6
    Scaffolding
  • 5
    Vibrant and active community
  • 4
    Elegant
  • 3
    Adopted by tm forum api
  • 2
    Clear for React
  • 1
    Can deploy API to AWS API Gateway and AWS Lambda

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Cons of Postman
Cons of Socket.IO
Cons of Swagger UI
  • 9
    Stores credentials in HTTP
  • 7
    Bloated features and UI
  • 7
    Poor GraphQL support
  • 6
    Cumbersome to switch authentication tokens
  • 2
    Expensive
  • 1
    Can't prompt for per-request variables
  • 1
    Import curl
  • 1
    Support websocket
  • 1
    Import swagger
  • 11
    Bad documentation
  • 4
    Githubs that complement it are mostly deprecated
  • 3
    Doesn't work on React Native
  • 2
    Websocket Errors
  • 2
    Small community
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    Need to learn YAML and RAML
  • 1
    You don鈥檛 actually get in-line error highlighting
  • 1
    Does not support hypermedia

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