By on July 9, 2020

A Year of Insomnia

This past July 2 marked the end of my first year at Kong after joining with the acquisition of Insomnia – and quite a year it’s been. Prior to the acquisition, I was struggling to keep Insomnia’s momentum going as an indie. My time was spread thin, and I could no longer affect meaningful change.

When Augusto first reached out, I was hesitant—acquisitions are tricky, and it can be difficult to align on a long-term vision—but after taking a two-week trip down to Kong’s HQ and getting to know the people inside Kong, I was convinced that it would be a great home. After taking some time to reflect on everything that’s happened in the past 12 months, I’m overjoyed to know that I made the right choice. 

So, what did we actually do this past year? Well, lots! Our brand new team has helped bring new life to Insomnia, and we’ve already accomplished some really big things. Here are some of the most notable.

 

Insomnia Designer 1.0

The largest of these accomplishments was the launch of Insomnia Designer in April. Designer builds on top of the existing Insomnia (now Insomnia Core) codebase to facilitate a “spec-first development” workflow that allows teams to design and edit OpenAPI documents in one place, share them with team members using Git, and interact with them using the Insomnia features you already know and love.

Plugin Hub 1.0

We also launched the Insomnia Plugin Hub in February. Insomnia has supported plugins for a while now, but the community never had an easy way to showcase their amazing work. Now they do! 

Insomnia users can search and install hundreds of community-made plugins to get even more from Insomnia Core and Designer.

 

Contributor Rewards and Community Focus

Insomnia would not be where it is today without its amazing community members. Open source contributions, bug reports and feedback have all helped steer Insomnia in the right direction, and we’re always looking for ways to give back.

Alongside a general increase in the amount of time we have to respond to issues and engage in discussions, we also launched a Contributor T-Shirt to give contributors something tangible in return.

We now have close to 150 contributors on GitHub, over 1,100 members in our Slack Group and hundreds of plugins submitted to the Plugin Hub. We’ve also seen a noticeable uptick in the amount of tutorials and blog posts that reference Insomnia as a great developer tool.

 

What’s Next?

So, where are we going to be spending our time in the next 12 months? Well, that’s up to you. Really, we’re serious! Insomnia’s goal is to make designing, testing and interacting with APIs easier, but deciding how to get there involves feedback from real-world users solving real-world problems.

One concrete thing we’re excited to share soon is the addition of unit testing and CI/CD integration to Insomnia Designer. Automated testing of APIs has been highly requested since the initial launch of Insomnia, so we’re excited to finally have the bandwidth to make it a reality.

If that sounds interesting, or if you want to help shape Insomnia’s future over the next 12 months, please submit any feedback and bug reports on GitHub, join the discussion in our Slack Group, or get started on a Good First Issue. We appreciate your support and look forward to another amazing year!