JSON Server to Mock API Servers: A Quick and Easy Solution

Todd Leininger Development Technologies, JavaScript, Testing, Tutorial Leave a Comment

I have found myself in the following scenario many times throughout my career. Everyone is ready to get the project started. You know what you are going to be working on, and as the frontend developer, you get started right away. You get to the point that you are ready to test your code to see how the API calls work. There’s one major thing in your way, though. The APIs aren’t done yet.

You could just create some static JSON files and read them in, but that doesn’t really test out calling an API. That’s where JSON Server swoops in to save the day. In this post, I’ll walk through how to use JSON Server. We’ll set up our environment, serve a simple JSON file, and generate mock data.

Mock RESTful Servers Fast With JSON Server

Haaris Chaudhry Development Technologies, Tutorial Leave a Comment

As a frontend developer, have you ever found yourself in a situation where the backend didn’t have a RESTful API that you could call to test out your user interface? Have you ever wanted to prototype an idea and found yourself getting down in the weeds setting up RESTful routes in a mock backend server?

That’s where json-server comes to the rescue!

With json-server, you simply create a JSON file that follows json-server’s conventions, and you can have a mock RESTful server up in no time. This blog post will go over the features of json-server that I have found most useful as a frontend developer.