HTTPjs – a new API debugging, prototyping and test tool

Today, we released a new API debugging, prototyping and test tool that is available at:

When you arrive at the site, you’ll immediately be delegated a separate sub domain, such as http://f12.http.net. This subdomain is now ready to receive any kind of HTTP requests. At the site, you get a javascript editor window, where you can prototype the server side of the API server.

All requests sent to your new domain, will be processed in your browser with your custom javascript implementation. The web site will display the full HTTP log for you to inspect.

This tool is very useful for rapid development, and testing of API clients. In example, you may select a template OAuth Server implementation to start from, then attempt to return variations, invalid responses and similar to inspect how your client behaves.

The tool was made possible with Node.js, Websockets with Socket.io, Expressjs, requirejs, Grunt, Bower.io, nconf, select2, ace, bootstrap, momentjs, highlightjs.

API Authorization as a Service

Authentication and authorization with APIs are slightly more complex than with traditional access to web sites. The client is typically more intelligent, it being a javascript web application or a mobile native app; and communicates with a backend using an API. APIs typically also are exposed to third party app developers that may obtain access by both authenticating the third party client and the end user using it. This three-tier trust model is often referred to as “delegated authorization”.

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Results from most of my current work will be primarily published on the blog.uwap.org blog.

Announcing UNINETT WebApp Park

I’ve spent a few months working on a prototype of UNINETT WebApp Park. The UNINETT WebApp Park is a simple, scalable, efficient and secure ecosystem for rapid development of modern web applications for higher education. I’ve created a 20 minutes walk-through video of the prototype. This is just the beginning, and I’ve got a bunch of ideas of further work on the platform. If you take the time to watch it, I really appreciate it, thanks!

I really appreciate feedback. Thanks.