One of the major impediments to the rapid adoption of mobile by large enterprises and institutions has been that Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) must first be created to connect legacy systems to mobile or other devices. Without mobile-optimized APIs, the apps consumers and employees want simply cannot get access to the underlying data to be useful.
To enable development teams to more quickly create and test APIs with less wasted time and resources, we are proud to announce that WillowTree has beta launched a cloud-based rapid API design and virtualization tool called Monkeypod™.
Many mobile projects continue to be delayed by either waiting on APIs to be completed or building mobile applications and APIs concurrently. The latter approach often results in a mis-match, creating rework and further delays — much like a tunnel being built from both ends and failing to meet in the middle. As Forrester Inc.’s February 2014 report A Benchmark to Drive Mobile Test Quality states, “Service virtualization is the key to enabling back-end and front-end development teams to deliver on an independent cadence.”
“Until now, developers have faced two bad choices for beginning mobile projects where APIs either don’t exist or are in flux: wait until the APIs are ready, which often delays a project by months, or build the apps and APIs concurrently based on existing documentation. This invariably requires weeks of rework because the final APIs have differences from the client-side implementation,” commented Michael Prichard, Founder & Chief Technology Officer of WillowTree. “Monkeypod eliminates this problem by enabling developers and architects to design, immediately expose, and test a working API or web service and automatically create related documentation. This enables various back-end and client-side teams to work concurrently, with almost no risk of rework, to more quickly create robust mobile apps.”
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