A tool I heard mentioned at the recent online DotNetConf virtual conference and have begun using recently is the 'Postman' developer tool for Google Chrome. You can find it on the Chrome Store at the following URL: Postman for Google Chrome This tool is another client utility to make HTTP calls to REST based services. Open a new tab in Google and you will see it as an option to open:
The main features I like about Postman are the following:
- History of calls down the left-hand pane for easy access to recall recent GET, POST, etc.
- Ability to add in Basic Authentication Headers in their raw form without having to Base64 encode them 1st (Postman will do this for you)
- Simplicity to add custom headers
- Ability to have the URL contain spaces instead of having to encode the query string with %20. This is key for creating OData calls using OData commands.
- Smooth, refined, easy to use interface