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Postman – powerful API testing tool

Postman – powerful API testing tool

During the API creating work, it is necessary to test API calls. We can do this in many ways. One of the good method could be just using browser to enter url in address bar. However using this method we can test only GET requests. Also there is problems with setting up headers.

Other method to test HTTP requests is using cURL format and appropriate software. This is a console program, so it is very extensible and powerful. However it is a console program and it is more complicated to use and we should manage request database on our own. It can be easier.

Fortunately it exists a program Postman. It is a software for all kind of HTTP request work. It can be installed as a standalone application and as a Chrome plug in.

Express Profiler – free tool for SQL Server profiling

Express Profiler – free tool for SQL Server profiling

If we write code working with databases, usually it is beneficial to preview what SQL is used during the system use. It is the most useful when we want to use some ORM like Entity Framework. Each query executed by Entity Framework is transformed into some SQL query, the it is executed on database. Profilers is mostly use to:

– complexity check of generated SQL query
– query optimization
– checking of existence of common querying problems (e.g N+1 problem)