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Collaborator now offers an API to allow integration with 3rd party tools.

Posted on 20 February 2015

Pleased to report that Collaborator now offers an external API that can be used by customers to integrate with 3rd party tools.

What's really great is the new JSON API is that it is easily consumable.  As a quick example; you can add an MS Office add-in to Word that would allow a user to click a button to attach a document to a review.  Within a few hours one of the SmartBear developers, who hadn't done any work on the API, was able to build the add-in.  "Without the API, this type of integration would have required us to call the Collaborator Client CLI which would have added complexity and a lot of time to the project". The MS Word add-in isn't released yet, but it does show the power of the API.
The API has also provided the Collaborator team an opportunity to play with another great SmartBear tool, Ready! API.  Ready! API allows the ability to functionally test the Collaborator API by adding assertions and transferring properties from one test step to another with just a few clicks.  A screenshot of some testing can be seen below.

Another immediate observation is that the API has improved performance.  We've seen significant gains in file upload speeds when Authors are creating reviews.  In fact, we've seen as much as 1000% improvement to upload speeds in our testing.  The reason for such gains is that the JSON API is far less 'chatty' than the old XML-RPC API.  Check out the below graph to see how things have improved.

 

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