Mocking and Automated Testing with Poly

The ability to adapt, scale, and innovate quickly is the lifeblood of any successful business. One of the tools aiding companies in achieving these goals is Poly – an integration and API consumption platform. But how does Poly facilitate a quicker and more efficient development, especially regarding API mocking and automated testing? Watch the demo below to learn how.

Business Benefits: The Competitive Edge

Accelerated Development Process: With Poly, teams can hard code custom functions, making them available as part of a product catalog. Businesses can speed up their development and deployment processes, enabling quicker product launches and faster response to market demands.

Dynamic Mocking of Customer Experiences: Traditional mock services offer a static, one-dimensional view of these interactions. Poly, however, changes the narrative. By introducing dynamic object creation capabilities, it can emulate actual customer behaviors, responses, and choices. 

Efficiency in Identifying Differences: Businesses must balance specs and actual outputs, especially client-facing products. Poly provides an efficient way to test for differences, ensuring that API outputs align with agreed-upon specifications. 

Enhanced Collaboration: Poly’s feature-rich environment ensures testers and developers have a shared set of tools to validate their work, facilitating improved communication and understanding across teams.

Technological Benefits: Powering Development

Efficient Variable Storage with Vari: Poly harnesses the power of Vari, a variable store underpinned by HashiCorp. Caching capabilities ensure top-notch performance, allowing developers to create mock services swiftly.

Integration with Popular Tools: Developers can integrate Poly with popular tools like Postman to train mock services, ensuring a versatile and familiar development environment.

Seamless Transition between Mock and Live Services: One of Poly’s standout features is its “feature flag” approach, where mock services can be switched to live services and vice versa. This flexibility means front-end developers don’t have to wait for backend services to be ready. 

Automatic Validation: Poly assists in automatically validating if the actual API aligns with the mock. This automation speeds up the validation process and ensures rigorous testing.

A Real-World Application

To visualize Poly’s impact, consider the case of a fintech startup looking to launch a new app feature. Using traditional methods, the development and validation process might take months. But, by leveraging Poly’s dynamic mocking, efficient variable storage, and seamless transition capabilities, the startup reduced its feature launch timeline by 40%. Additionally, automated validation decreased the error rate significantly, ensuring a reliable product for their customers.

Mocking and automated testing are essential components of modern software development. Poly, while not exclusively designed for these purposes, offers various features that make these tasks more efficient and business-friendly. Businesses can stay competitive and technologically robust in an ever-evolving market by reducing the time-to-market and ensuring product reliability.

To learn more about Poly and get involved with our beta, contact us!