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Postman 5.0 is the latest version of a free API development platform

Postman released its latest API tool, Postman 5.0, to small businesses, offering free-of-charge access to some features in its enterprise-level Postman Pro product.

Postman has just released a new version of its API development platform that is targeted at small and medium-sized businesses.

This release comes at a time when APIs are becoming increasingly important in software design and the concept of an API development platform is on the rise. APIs are commonly traded between companies, creating what some call the API economy. And when developing for any kind of new technology, an API is almost always the cornerstone of the project. But with popularity comes the issue of development and management, a problem that is often even more difficult for small development teams that lack enterprise-level resources. That is where an API development platform comes in.

The free-of-charge Postman 5.0 makes it possible for nearly any size development team to take advantage of an API development platform. Postman 5.0 will offer users limited access to some features that are built in to the company's Postman Pro version.

For starters, Postman 5.0 users can access the Pro version's public and private documentation records, but are limited to 1,000 views each month on the API development platform. The new version of the tool will also allow up to 1,000 API monitoring calls per month, while the Pro version offers up to 10,000. Postman 5.0 customers also will receive 1,000 creations or uses of mock servers monthly. Postman Collections on the API development platform will also be available for up to 1,000 API calls per month.

Mac, Windows and Linux native applications can use Postman 5.0. There is also a version for Chrome.

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Specifically in high tech, 55% said software or app development skills were in short supply. Other tech areas that were lacking include big data (53%); cloud infrastructure and app development (57%); and emerging technologies, like internet of things and artificial intelligence (58%).

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