Basic API Information

An API (Application Programming Interface) is a middleware software that enables two applications to communicate with each other. It contains several subroutine definitions, logs, and tools for creating efficient application software.
A Web service uses only three styles of use: SOAP, REST, and XML-RPC for communication whereas API may be exposed in multiple ways.
APIs have a certain limit that is set up by the provider.
1. HTTP for client-server communication
2. Stateless communication
3. XML/JSON as a formatting language
4. Simple URI as the address for the services
Web API can be consumed by any client which supports HTTP. These Web APIs do not require any sort of configuration as they are easily used by the client for their applications.
API testing is a kind of software testing that determines if the developed APIs meet expectations regarding the functionality, reliability, performance, and security of the application. ekaAPI testing can also be carried out by Postman API Testing Software.
1. Missing or duplicate functionality
2. Fails to handle error conditions gracefully
3. Stress
4. Reliability
5. Security
6. Unused flags
7. Not implemented errors
8. Inconsistent error handling
9. Performance
10. Multi-threading issues
11. Improper errors
REST (Representational State Transfer) is an architectural style for developing web services. It revolves around resources where every component is a resource that can be accessed through a shared interface using standard HTTP methods.
SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) – an XML-based method to expose web services.Web services developed in the REST style are referred to as RESTful web services. These web services use HTTP methods to implement the concept of REST architecture. A RESTful web service usually defines a URI, Uniform Resource Identifier a service, and provides resource representation like JSON and a set of HTTP methods.
REST architecture treats any content as a resource, which can be text files, HTML pages, images, videos, or dynamic business information.
REST uses different representations to define a resource like text, JSON, and XML. XML and JSON are the most popular representations of resources.
RESTful web services use the HTTP protocol as a medium of communication between the client and the server.

Community

The following are the various services provided to the Syncloop Community.

1. User Documentation
2. Developer Documentation
3. Student Corner
4. Tutorials
5. Recent Activities
6. Tips and Tricks
7. Suggest a Feature
8. New Releases
9. Troubleshooting
10. Analysis
11. Support
12. Contact us
These are the shortcuts provided for building API on the Syncloop API Development Platform. In this, a random documentation object and its features will be displayed on the workspace for developers.
Syncloop is always open for feedback. The Syncloop community can suggest to the development team any new features to be incorporated into the Platform. Relevant suggestions will be taken to team meetings and accordingly disposed of with relevant actions if any.

Documentation

The API documentation is a complete, accurate technical writing giving instructions on how to effectively use and integrate with an API. It is a compact reference manual that has all the information needed to work with the API and helps you answer all the API testing questions with details on functions, classes, return types, arguments, and also examples and tutorials.
• Source of the content
• Document plan or sketch
• Delivery layout
• Information needed for every function in the document
• Automatic document creation programs
APIs, especially modern RESTful APIs, is a nice creation that can certainly simplify and accelerate integration efforts, which makes it more likely you will benefit from them. But APIs can and do change for various reasons, sometimes abruptly, and hence REST APIs do not differ from traditional integration methods in this respect.
Yes, Syncloop API Development Platform provides training tutorials in the form of video and pdf for hands-on training.

Environment

Syncloop API development Platform uses Minimum Coding. Most of the API development is carried out using a unique developer experience that is mostly GUI based.
Yes, the platform has a very powerful migration feature.

The Syncloop development environment is the collection of processes and tools that are required to write, build, test, and debug APIs. The development environment offers a controlled space where the developers can start designing, prototyping, and shaping the APIs to be developed. In this process, the entire DEV environment provides various services that automate the building process of these APIs. The various groups that are created in the Syncloop DEV environment include environment:

a) Developers
b) Administrators

Developers have access to this environment and all the developers share the space with all the services getting created in a collaborative space. Each developer working in the environment can view all the services assigned to the "developers" group but only one developer can take control of a service at a time. Developers can take control of a service by acquiring a lock on that service so that the service does not get modified by other developers. These privileges are provided to these developers by administrators. Once a service is created, it is promoted from the "DEV" environment to the "IT" environment. This promotion can be done using the inbuilt promotion management feature of Syncloop.

Syncloop’s IT environment is usually where final testing is done before APIs are moved to production. It is achieved by executing various test cases for these already created APIs. The IT environment analyses an API to verify it so that it fulfills its expected functionality, security, performance, and reliability. The environment also analyses the business logic as well as the security of the application and data responses. The testing is generally performed by making requests to one or more API endpoints and comparing the response with the expected results. The IT environment analysis the API on the endpoints, and response codes, for successful and unsuccessful requests with necessary error messages. The environment analyses responses on the basis of reply time, data quality, confirmation of authorization, HTTP status codes, and error codes. In this environment, two testing groups are created.

a) Testers
b) Administrators

All the testers are added to the "testers" group. These "testers" have read-only access to these services. The testers don’t possess the necessary privilege to take control or modify any service but rather provide a testing report to the developers which enables them to modify these APIs.

Once a service is tested and certified, it is promoted to UAT (Staging) environment. This promotion can be done using the inbuilt promotion management feature of Syncloop.

Once the internal testing of the service is completed and is ready for approval, Syncloop enables the team to deploy it on a UAT server. Once in the server, the service will get the final nod from the client before putting it into production. The environment provides a real-time view of how the service will behave in production. The client will be able to check that the features they requested are working according to their original thoughts. If the client does not like their original thought on a feature in UAT, they determine whether they want to launch as-is or change the way something is working. This speeds up approvals and limit problems that might occur after going live. The various groups created in the environment are:

a) Business-Testing-Group (BTG)
b) Operations
c) Administrators

The purpose of this environment is to do end-to-end integration and business testing for all the services. The "Business-testing-group" users have read-only access to all services and are not able to take control or modify any service. Syncloop offers a staging server set with all production configurations and enables the business testing group to perform smoke testing. This ensures that API works in a production configuration and architecture as it is the last step before production. Once business testing is complete, the service can be promoted to the PROD environment. This promotion can be done using the inbuilt promotion management feature in Syncloop.

Syncloop’s production environment is where the latest versions of services are pushed live to the intended clients. This is the environment where the end user can see, experience, and interact with the new service. All testing is completed, and all bugs are squashed before this point. Whereas a Syncloop development environment may contain several different versions of a service or update being worked on and tested, a production environment contains just the final version of the service in order to avoid any confusion or security vulnerabilities. The two groups that are created in this environment include:

a) Operations
b) Administrators

This is the final production environment. Only Operations and administrators have access to this group where these administrators define the working privileges for these operators. All the services in this environment can be used by business consumers.

Pricing

Yes, the Syncloop shared edition is available for free.
The various editions of Syncloop include.
1. Syncloop shared
2. Syncloop dedicated
3. Syncloop for enterprise

Setup and Installation

Syncloop has Desktop and Web Edition.
Yes, you can use your existing google email id or you can register directly on the Syncloop website.
Yes, after completing the registration process you can directly login into the Syncloop workspace and start creating your APIs.

Student Corner

Yes, Syncloop offers internships where the students will be provided with free training. After training is over the student will have to build plugins followed by attractive incentives.
Yes, Syncloop also provides projects.
The training link is provided on the Syncloop Website, Udemy, and YouTube. Detailed pdf documentation is also kept with the videos to provide hands-on training to the students keen to work on the Syncloop platform.