[API-users] Interest for a mock server?
n.noe at biodiversity.be
Tue Jan 24 13:40:53 CET 2017
Hi everyone and best wishes!
Over the years, I have several times written code that consumes the GBIF
API. So far, proper unit testing of this code has been problematic,
because I had to test it against the "real" GBIF API, with several
drawbacks (fragility, test needs network connectivity, speed issues,
...). I think other libraries (pygbif for example) probably face the
I am therefore thinking about creating a GBIF API mock server, that
could be run locally and mimicks requests/responses cycles of
api.gbif.org, to make testing our tools in isolation easier. It would
have the following characteristics:
* Be a (localhost-runnable) server rather than a mock library, so it
can be used by code in any language
* Mock the responses from api.gbif.org (starting with the most common
stuff: read-only queries on occurrences, registry, ...)
* Be super easy to install and run locally
I'm thinking of implementing it in Golang, since it seems to fit those
requirements quite well and I'd like to build real-world experience with
Ideally, I'd like to write that is not only useful for myself, so here
is my question: would you be interested in using such a mock server for
your developments? Or isn't that so usefull? Maybe you know existing
tools that can already be used to solve this problem?
Thanks for your feedback!
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