So recently I got an email from a friend asking for some help with making some JSON requests to a webservice. Of course since they were in development the service they were trying to hit wasn’t something I could hit from my computer. But that wasn’t really the issue I had as the issue my friend had was with the client not even sending the request.
I was playing with the code they sent in a JS Fiddle (jsfiddle.net) and tried using the JSON echo service js fiddle provides. I got the data to get sent to the service, but couldn’t seem to get a response from it. So whats a lazy developer to do? “google it with bing” and my searching wasn’t productive. I found plenty of JSON test CLIENTS but not any services that would do a simple echo back of the data sent to it.
THEN…being disappointed with my “google-fu”, I tried some more searches. And of course after I had rolled my own THEN I found some links that would have worked for me. Actually I found a blog post by Brian Cantoni that covered the same/similar issues he was having. And from that blog post he mentioned two services (both provided FREE by RunScope).
I am listing them here for future reference (for me, and maybe if someone else finds this post)
- http://respondto.it/ - which they(RunScope) designed to use to inspect what data you would get sent back by webhooks (callback requests from another service), before pointing the other service to your real application.
- You create a unique url for your endpoint
- then setup JSON or XML data for the response the test service should respond with when it gets hit
- then you take that endpoint url and enter it into the other service
- test send to the service and when it sends a request post-processing to you
- go to the resondto.it site and see what was sent to the endpoint
- http://requestb.in/- which is almost identical to the first one in the list.
- the biggest difference is not being able to set what response is sent for the endpoint
- another is not being able to choose the url. You get a random one.
So I hope this helps someone, or me, in the future.