Prototyping APIs

I’ve started work on a tool to help web API designers build rapid prototypes for their APIs. Up until now, I’ve been prototyping APIs on whiteboards, or by building an API endpoint. But, I’d rather have a tool that lets me build an interface really quickly without getting bogged down in details of implementation. I’d like something that lets me focus exclusively on the interface. I couldn’t find anything online, so I decided to give it a go myself.

I’m starting with these principles in mind for the UI:
* No coding
* Static data only
* Support for both RPC and hypermedia APIs (and possibly WS/SOAP)

I bounced the idea off my colleague Mike Amundsen and he was equally excited and had some great suggestions of his own.  So lets see where this goes…. next step, naming the project and getting it in Github.