Testing RESTful webservices on Windows can be done outside of the browser using an open source command tool called cURL, which can be donwloaded at http://curl.haxx.se/download.html. After downloading the Windows version based on your operation system, remember to add the location of the cURL binary to your system’s path environment variable.
The advantage of cURL over conventional forms such as browser is the ability to automate testing tasks and execute different types of HTTP requests. See the cURL online documentation for details.
Assume you have a RESTFul webservice available locally at http://localhost:8080/controlroomws. This webservice exposes a list of users via /UserList and the details of a specific user can be retrieved via /UserList/username. Through the webservice API, you can also persist users to a back end database using an HTTP
Say we will like to persist the following user to the back end database via the
<user role="ROLE_OPERATOR" loginName="test_login1"></user>
Submitting an HTTP
POST using inline XML will not work. For example, running this on the command line will return an exception:
curl -X POST -d "<userList xmlns="urn:user"><user role="ROLE_OPERATOR"
loginName="chuck_norris"></user></userList>" -H "Content-Type: application/xml"
--basic --user username:password http://localhost:8080/controlroomws/UserList/
as posted in this StackOverflow thread.
To circumvent this problem, create an XML file containing your data and submit to the RESTful service as follows:
curl -X POST -d @userList.xml -H "Content-Type: application/xml"
--basic --user username:password http://localhost:8080/commandcontrolws/UserList
To confirm that your data has been persisted to the underlying data store, perform a HTTP
GET request that will return the list of users as follows:
curl -X GET --basic --user username:password http://localhost:8080/commandcontrolws/UserList
To return details of the specific user you just added, issue another HTTP
curl -X GET --basic --user username:password http://localhost:8080/commandcontrolws/UserList/chuck_norris