December 2021 Newsletter
As 2021 winds down, all of us here at Postman are looking back and taking stock of the dizzying amount of product updates, features, and capabilities we brought to the Postman API Platform this year. It's quite a list, and so many of these improvements were driven by requests and suggestions from our community. We remain endlessly thankful for the feedback from all of you.
In addition to the platform updates, this year also saw inspirational highlights in the areas of community, “APIs for good,” and education that the team here is really proud of.
So let's take a quick look at key 2021 moments in four areas:
- Platform highlights
- Community highlights
- “APIs for good” highlights
- Educational and instructional highlights
2021 Platform Highlights
With the new Postman API Platform, we redefined API Management and created a whole new category to help organizations succeed in the API-first world. We brought together different tools and processes into one definitive, authoritative place with the mission to support the entire API development lifecycle. Check out the new features and versions the Postman team released this year.
You asked, we answered by supporting asynchronous protocols
This year marked a turning point for protocols in Postman as we expanded beyond an HTTP API client and added support for these asynchronous protocols:
- WebSocket protocol support to enable continuous two-way communication between your browser and the web server
- Extended support for Socket.IO library to enable real-time, bidirectional, and event-based communication between web clients and servers, using WebSockets under the hood
- WSDL (Web Services Description Language) support that can help you leverage Postman's runtime, lifecycle management, and collaboration features for your WSDL-described SOAP service
We added integrations to a few of your favorite tools, now available from the API Builder within Postman.
- Source code management: GitHub, Bitbucket, and GitLab to manage API management workflows
- CI/CD: Travis CI and CircleCI to link your CI/CD pipelines to your API tests
- API gateways: AWS API Gateway to view recent deployments and events in one click
- Application performance monitoring: New Relic to get more observability insights
API collaboration just got easier
Last spring, we announced unlimited API collaboration for teams of up to three in Postman to fuel greater innovation. And in October, we released a new capability in the platform that made it even easier to manage workflows and elements inside your workspaces by using SCIM (System for Cross-domain Identity Management), organizing members into functional groups to mimic their organizational structure, and introducing three new workspace-level roles: Admin, Editor, and Viewer.
Universal search at your fingertips
A new universal search enabled filtering by type of element (workspace, collection, API, team), searching keywords as well as selecting the scope in which you want to do the search (personal, team, or public) and has evolved a lot since its introduction a year ago.
Improved API discovery with the Postman Private API Network and recommended collections
We heard your request to make APIs within an organization discoverable to avoid duplication of effort and we answered that with the Private API Network. And there's even more exciting news: a brand new collection-recommendations feature is here to help you discover and work with public APIs quickly and more easily, right where you need them.
Adding new team members is more streamlined
We received feedback that the process of adding team members to a Postman plan wasn't as quick or as flexible as it should be. We responded: The new Auto-Flex team policy means you can add as many team members as you need, at any time, without adding any up-front costs.
Brand-new Postman Flows
We recently released a beta version of Postman Flows, a brand-new, low code/no-code API workflow builder. You can use Flows to chain requests, handle data, and create real world workflows right in your Postman workspace. Give it a go, watch the video and let us know if you have any feedback.
2021 Community Highlights
Postman Open Technologies program
Postman has long had a strong open philosophy. As part of Postman's evolution, we are increasing our support for open source API technology with the launch of an Postman Open Technologies supporting OpenAPI initiative, Async API, JSON schema specifications.
Momentum in the Postman Supernovas program
We launched the Postman Supernovas program in March 2021. This global community spoke at or organized events covering a wide range of API-related topics in Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Germany, and more countries across the globe.
The Public API Network became the world's largest API hub
The global directory hosts thousands of public APIs, connecting developers and organizations across the globe and providing a central catalog of APIs built for discovery, exploration, and sharing.
2021 "APIs for Good" Highlights
API collections to help in the COVID-19 fight
This year, some members of the Postman team created an API-based vaccine locator that displayed a curated catalog of pandemic-related API resources. The project built on Postman's 2020 list of pandemic-related API resources that helped in the COVID-19 fight last year.
API-based resource for the LGBTQ+ community
The new LGBTQ+ Pride Postman public workspace is a resource for LGBTQ+ people—and, importantly, their allies—to find safe restrooms and work opportunities, and to understand laws about sexuality and gender.
2021 Educational and Instructional Highlights
Everyone here at Postman is passionate about informing users through blog posts, podcasts, and livestreams, educating the broader community about the marvels of the API universe. One favorite among the team here: we created a graphic novel to tell the story of how and why "The API-First World" is coming to be.
Let's look at a few more of this year's educational and instructional highlights.
Postman blog 2021 editor's picks
- The New Postman API Platform: Redefining API Management for the API-First World
- Postman Named a Visionary in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Full Life Cycle API Management
- Announcing 6 Key Platform Improvements
- Introducing Powerful Integrations
- Increasing Adoption of an API with a Public Workspace
The 2021 State of the API Report
Curious about trends in the API industry and what its future may look like? We surveyed more than 28,000 developers and API professionals to bring you the industry's largest and most comprehensive survey on APIs, ever. The 2021 State of the API Report has the data you've been looking for.
Breaking Changes, our weekly API talk show
If you're looking to gain insights on an astounding range of API-related topics from strategy to security and more, then we've got you: listen to the 29 industry experts—from all across the API universe—doing deep-dive discussions with Postman Chief Evangelist Kin Lane on Breaking Changes, the new weekly API talk show. It's available on demand via YouTube and multiple podcast platforms.
We had some informative and fascinating livestreams, API challenges, and webinars this year—from 30 days of Postman challenge to episodes of The Exploratory to Postman Intergalactic sessions—all geared towards taking your API skills to the next level and having fun while doing it. You tuned in, brought interesting questions, and did countless other curious activities with us.
And...that's a wrap on 2021
We're looking forward to the year ahead with you. Thanks, as always, for being a part of the fantastic Postman community.