Software recommendation: Paw

A few days ago I attended a meeting of the Symfony Usergroup Hamburg. Among the subjects that came up were RESTful APIs as well as clients to test such APIs. I was surprised that despite quite a number of OS X users were present, no one seemed to know Paw.

Of course Paw is not the only API client for Mac, but there are a few things it gets right. Most notably, it lets you write extensions yourself (in JavaScript!) and it allows using a result from a previous response in a request. The latter is tremendously useful if you want to test an API that uses OAuth or JWT (JSON Web Tokens), as you automatically can include a previously received token in an “Authorization” header.

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