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Tetiana Nechyporuk

Tetiana Nechyporuk is Software QA Engineer at Achieve Internet. Her mission is to streamline testing processes, enhance product reliability, and collaborate effectively for project success.

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This article discusses how our Quality Engineering Team leverages Cypress for comprehensive UI and API testing within the Apiboost Developer Portal ecosystem, highlighting best practices and strategies to ensure the reliability, security, and performance of our product.


Best Practices for Automated Testing


We have adopted best practices to optimize Cypress testing by doing the following:

  • Organizing Cypress tests into modular suites, focusing on API access control validation and UI behavior verification. Modular tests promote reusability, maintainability, and scalability, enhancing test management and execution efficiency.

  • Utilizing Cypress's mocking capabilities to isolate tests and maintain consistency during testing, ensuring accurate validation of API behaviors. 

  • Running Automated tests preemptively to detect regressions and maintain code stability and reliability. It ensures rapid QA feedback, early bug detection, and seamless deployment of tested features, enhancing development efficiency and quality assurance.

  • Performing cross-browser testing capabilities to ensure seamless compatibility across different browsers, validating consistent performance and functionality across diverse environments.


By developing these best practices and integrating Cypress into our testing strategies, we have added a crucial component to our software development lifecycle. Below are two specific examples of how we use automated tests to validate the functionality of our Apiboost Developer Portal


Combining API and UI Testing for Access Control Verification: Cypress's intuitive syntax and comprehensive testing tools facilitate efficient API testing, endpoint coverage, request methods, and response validations. Automated tests validate API functionality, performance, and adherence to access control policies, reducing manual testing efforts and ensuring API reliability. Using Cypress, we developed tests that verify API responses directly via the user interface. 

For example, the Apiboost Developer Portal provides API endpoints to create and update API Products with different access types (such as Public, Private, Authenticated, or Public-Restricted). We use Cypress to validate API access across multiple users with different access permissions on the UI, ensuring that only users with requisite permissions can access and utilize API Products and their associated documentation. We leverage role-based testing scenarios to verify permissions and privileges, validating adherence to security policies and regulatory requirements.




UI Validation:   We also use Cypress to perform UI testing, ensuring the functionality of UI elements, navigation flows, and interactions with APIs from the front end of the Apiboost Developer Portal. We have created end-to-end UI tests to simulate user interactions, ensuring a seamless and intuitive user experience. This testing approach focuses on the visual elements examining interactions within the application’s GUI. We perform various automated tests on UI components such as buttons, menus,  forms, navigation, and overall layout to identify any issues or discrepancies that may affect the user’s interaction with the application.



With Cypress, we can verify interactions and communications between different components of the Apiboost Developer Portal to ensure they work together seamlessly. For example, we developed test cases that evaluate the process of requesting access to protected APIs. An API Product owner is responsible for approving or denying API access requests, and these actions must be reflected in the permissions accordingly.






Additionally, we perform cross-browser testing capabilities to ensure seamless compatibility across different browsers, validating consistent performance and functionality across diverse environments.



Conclusions:

By combining the Apiboost Developer Portal with Cypress's robust testing capabilities, we have created a powerful synergy to optimize API management workflows and ensure API reliability, security, and performance. By reducing the time spent on manual testing and debugging, Cypress frees up developers to focus more on innovation and improving features that directly benefit end users. This reaffirms our commitment to delivering a cutting-edge developer platform that empowers users to navigate the complexities of API management with confidence and efficiency. Through innovative testing practices, streamlined workflows, and continuous improvement, we have set new benchmarks for API management excellence, driving innovation and success for developers and our clients.

About Apiboost


The Apiboost Developer Portal is a robust solution tailored to enhance API management capabilities, providing users with tools for powerful API productization, API key management access control, advanced security measures, and numerous customization options. Apiboost offers a suite of features designed to streamline API management. The portal allows developers to manage APIs efficiently and define granular access control policies, granting specific user groups or entities exclusive access to designated API products while restricting access for unauthorized users, ensuring data privacy and security compliance. Apiboost provides extensive customization capabilities to enable users to tailor API management workflows, user interfaces, and integration processes to meet specific organizational needs. Contact us today for more information or to get a demo of Apiboost

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How To Optimize Automated Testing of API Developer Portals

This article discusses how our Quality Engineering Team leverages Cypress for best practices and strategies.

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By: Tetiana Nechyporuk on Apr 30, 2024

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