Applies to Ready! API 2.0, last modified on May 17, 2017

This topic describes the changes made to Ready! API 2.0.

Dashboard

The new Dashboard helps you work with Ready! API more efficiently. You can easily see summary of your recent functional, load, and security tests, analyze test result trends, and start and stop virtual services on local and remote machines. The Dashboard accumulates data from all the project in your current workspace:

Ready! API Dashboard Overview

The size of the Dashboard storage is limited by the new Dashboard data limit, MB option. If the Dashboard data size exceeds this limit, the oldest data are removed in favor of newer ones.

SoapUI NG

  • Easier reference to properties. Ready! API 2.0 includes the new Get Data dialog that helps you insert project, test suite, test case and other property values into parameters of test requests, test cases and test suites easier and faster. Formerly, you had to select properties from the context menu:

    API testing with Ready! API: The new Get Data dialog

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    In the new dialog, you use the Filter box to find the needed item faster. You can also add custom properties quickly, if needed:

    API testing with Ready! API: Filter in the new Get Data dialog

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  • New Step Into script debugger command. The Groovy Script test step has the new Step Into command. You use it to enter a function or another Groovy Script step and continue debugging. See Debugging Groovy Scripts.

  • Checking endpoints before the test run. Now, before you run a test case, test suite or project, Ready! API checks whether all the “request” steps have endpoints specified. If an endpoint is missing in a request, Ready! API displays a dialog where you set endpoints for one or for all the requests:

    API testing and Ready! API: The Add Endpoint dialog view in case of multiple missed endpoints

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  • Smarter redirect handling. Use the new Follow 302 Redirect with GET property of the REST, SOAP, XML-RPC and JMS requests to simulate “historical” client behavior when processing the 302 Found response code. According to the HTTP specification (RFC 7231), when a client receives this response code from the server, it should use the same verb for subsequent requests. However, for historical reasons, many clients change the verb to GET. Ready! API works according to the HTTP specification and does not change the verb. The new property helps you emulate that “historical” client behavior.

  • Smarter editing of SOAP request parameters. The Forms view of the request editor automatically activates the Only the first nodes view mode if a request has lots of parameters or if its WSDL definition is large. When this new view mode is on, the Form displays only top-level parameters or the direct children of an expanded parameter. Of course, you can expand nodes to view and edit data at lower levels.

  • STARTTLS command for sending emails. The Send Mail test step has the new Use STARTTLS command property. It specifies whether the test step should set up a secure connection with the STARTTLS extension for sending an email.

  • Faster work with databases. The JDBC and Data Connection data sources have the new Fetch Size property that specifies the number of rows to be returned from the database in one fetch. Use this parameter if data fetching takes too much time: one long fetch will be replaced with several smaller and faster fetches.

  • OAuth2 authorization headers. OAuth 2 client credentials can now be sent in request headers. Formerly, you could send credentials only in the request body.

  • The JSON data source editor has two new buttons – Add and Remove – for creating and deleting columns.

  • Now you can use Auth Manager to control authentication data in XML-RPC Request steps.

  • The Clone TestSuite and Clone TestCase dialogs now select the relevant Name field by default. You can start typing a new name right after opening the dialog.

LoadUI NG

  • Updated load test reports: we have reorganized report data and added charts for a number of categories.

  • Composite projects for load tests. Now when you make a test project a composite project, Ready! API saves load tests in separate files. Formerly, in composite projects, all the tests were in the same file.

  • Improved charts on the Statistics page:

    • The charts now automatically recalculate the vertical axis scale when you hide or display series.

    • If the Scale the Y-axis equally setting is ON, the charts automatically change the vertical axis scale on horizontal scrolling. In earlier versions, the scale did not change and you got empty charts when the series values were above the top limit.

    • The value of the Scale the Y-axis equally setting is saved between sessions now.

Secure

  • New SoapUI NG Pro licenses enable the Secure Pro functionality (see above).

  • Now you can specify multiple URLs when creating a security test in the New Security Test wizard.

ServiceV

  • Updated UI makes it easier to configure virt properties:

    • Instead of three controls that set the virt functioning mode in earlier versions, the new UI offers one drop-down list for setting various modes.

      API testing and Ready! API: New controls for setting routing options

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    • Now you can easily change routing options or dispatch settings of multiple operations or delete multiple operations at a time.

      API testing and Ready! API: Changing properties of multiple operations

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    • The new Search box helps you easily find an operation by its request name, response name or dispatch settings.

      API testing and Ready! API: Operation filter

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    • New buttons make it easier to clone, rename and delete responses.

      API testing and Ready! API: New buttons in the Virtual Service editor

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  • Response codes for SOAP responses. Now you can specify status codes for responses of SOAP virts.

  • Updated transaction log:

    • A new toolbar command for disabling and enabling logging.

    • The new Filter box to search for logged requests and responses quickly.

    API testing and Ready! API: Updated Transaction Log in ServiceV

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  • When recording REST virts, Ready! API now records the Parameter dispatch type if the recorded request has query parameters.

VirtServer

  • VirtServer Web Interface enables VirtServer administrators to start, stop, and manage virtual services easier, through a visual UI.

  • VirtServer remembers the last selected item on the Transaction Log page so that you can easily find it if you have to switch between pages or virts.

Licensing Subsystem

  • The Protection! License Server you use for managing Floating User licenses now supports white lists of users who can access the License Management Console.

    Also, you can now dynamically update the white list of users who can use a Floating User license of Ready! API. See Managing Floating License Users.

  • SoapUI NG Pro licenses now enable Secure Pro features. You do not need an extra Secure Pro license to create and run secure tests in Ready! API 2.0.

  • Now, if Ready! API has been idle for 6 hours, it automatically releases the Floating User license to enable your teammates to use the product on their computers. This helps you avoid locking the license if some of your colleagues forgot to close Ready! API.

  • The error messages that may be displayed during license activation have been rephrased and now they help you better understand issues and possible solutions.

More Improvements

  • To use the product, you now need JRE 1.8.0.112. See System Requirements.

  • To use a custom report library for storing your templates and reports, you need to specify its directory in Preferences. If you have done this before, the update will overwrite it, and Ready! API will use the default directory (<Ready! API Installation>/bin/reports) instead.

  • A number of bugs have been fixed.

Deprecated Features

  • The Data Generator functionality that was added to the DataSource test step in Ready! API 1.3 has made the DataGen test step obsolete. Starting from version 2.0, we will no longer improve the DataGen test step, and will remove it in one of the future versions of the product. To generate test data, use data sources of the Data Generator type in the DataSource test step.

  • Ready! API no longer supports Windows XP and early versions of Windows Vista. The earliest supported operating system is Windows Vista Service Pack 2.

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