Eggplant Performance v6 Release Notes

Features and Improvements (v6.3.0)

  • Round-trip script editing of Web scripts.
    • You can now use Generation Rules without losing the ability to manually edit your script code through the use of pre-defined Regions, located in specific parts of the script.
    • Any code placed within a Region persists between regenerations of the script.
  • Improved handling of ASP.NET-based web sites
    • Web pages written using ASP.NET pose a challenge when trying to record and replay scripts for performance testing. In particular, ASP.NET uses hidden fields to transfer and persist data between the server and the client. Hidden fields are likely to be different for each test run, and must be correlated carefully so that the virtual users send correct data back to the server each time.
      The ASP.NET virtual user addresses these concerns by automatically parsing and handling hidden fields on ASP.NET web pages. It is based on the C# Web virtual user, but comes with additional methods as described in the C# API.
  • Generation Rules Assistant
    • The Generation Rules Assistant aids creation of generation rules by analyzing pieces of text.
    • It can then suggest whether a value needs to be correlated or replaced.
  • New Data List Correlation Generation Rule
    • Allows for the easy extraction of multiple variables from a list, and subsequently logic for selecting from these lists (random, particular item, etc.)
  • New Verify Response Length Generation Rule
    • Allows easy verification that the length of a response is what we expect, within a tolerance value
  • New Custom Code Generation Rule
    • Allows custom code to be automatically inserted into the script before/after certain requests are sent to the server.
  • Support for background scripts.
    • A Background Script is a script that runs in parallel with the foreground scripts that make up a Virtual User's workflow.
    • New methods have been added to the Java and C# API's to control background scripts: there are methods to create, start, stop, suspend and resume background scripts
    • Background scripts allow easier replication of complicated browser behavior, such as asynchronous polling.
    • A new Generation Rule has been added to make working with background or asynchronous HTTP threads easier. The rule allows one to identify and exclude background requests from the main script. It will create a new empty script where the background requests behavior can be implemented, and insert code into the main script for starting and stopping the background script.
  • Generation Rules can now access the current Request, Response and Url objects.
    • Special macros can now be used within code planted by the web generator.
    • The generator will replace the macros with the object that is currently in scope.
  • Support for regenerating multiple scripts simultaneously.
  • Improved integration with eggPlant Functional
    • Creating a script from an eggPlant Functional suite now prompts the user with a new dialog where one can specify the System-Under-Test connection details, e.g. which type of connection to use (RDP/VNC), user account and password, hostname and IP address, etc.
      The information specified in this dialog is then populated in the resulting ePP script, where new overloads for the Connect() API method make it much easier to initiate a connection to the SUT through ePP.
    • Support has been added for iterations and workflows; it is no longer necessary to define these manually in SenseTalk.
    • All eggPlant Performance data bindings are now accessible from any eggPlant Functional script that is executed by eggPlant Performance.
      The data is placed in a special property list, called performance_data.
  • OCR support has been added to the Citrix Virtual User
    • OCR support is provided by the ABBYY FineReader engine.
    • The eggPlant Performance OCR engine must be installed on all injectors in order to use this functionality.
  • Support for tolerance and discrepancy in image matching
    • Image matching improvements are available in both the Citrix and WinDriver virtual users.
  • Support for associating and disassociating Elastic IP Addresses with Amazon Cloud injectors
  • The web generator now supports multiple live values of a correlated value
    • The variable name planted by a Data Correlation rule now contains the index number of the response it was extracted from.
    • This allows multiple different values to be extracted by the same rule and for all the values to be "live" at the same time.
  • The web generator now automatically disposes Request/Response objects when they are no longer needed.
    • Request/Response objects can be large, so we can make more efficient use of available memory by disposing of them as soon as we have finished with them, rather than waiting for the garbage collector to collect them.
    • For C#, the web generator now wraps all Request and Response objects in a using block.
    • For Java, the web generator now wraps all Request and Response objects in a try-with-resource block.
  • Data correlation rules are now able to correlate data sent in a redirected response
    • New methods Response.getRedirectedFrom(int depth)/Response.GetRedirectedFrom(int depth) added to the Java/C# web API's, respectively.
    • Calls to these new methods are planted by the web generator if it finds data that needs to be correlated in a response that has been redirected.
  • Added the ability to exclude responses containing binary data from Data correlation rules
  • Improvements to Generation Rule filters
    • Filter by response code
    • Filter by POST data
  • Data correlation rules can now extract data from HTTP response headers, as well as from the body of the response.
  • Support for custom error reporting for different HTTP status codes
    • New methods in the API to control whether a specific HTTP status code (e.g. 404 Not Found) results in a warning or an error
    • Also allows custom handling of non-standard HTTP status codes returned by some servers.

Features and Improvements (v6.2.0)

  • Comprehensive support for SOAP Web Services.
    • Generate code for testing a web service from a WSDL.
    • Generated code can be C# or Java.
    • SOAP 1.1 and 1.2 are both supported.
    • Easily generate scripts that target the web service.
    • All serialization/deserialization of XML is handled behind the scenes, so scripts are clean and simple, with no complicated correlations or transformations necessary.
  • Improved recording of mobile applications using the Proxy Recorder.
    • The Trusted Root Certificate generated by the Proxy Recorder is now accepted by iOS and Android devices, allowing HTTPS traffic from apps to be recorded.
    • Improved UI guides you through the process of setting up recording of HTTP(S) traffic to/from your mobile device.
  • Better support for handling timestamps in web recordings
    • Automatically identify timestamps and generate a timestamp to replace them with.
    • Replacements can be either the current time, a fixed time, or a time generated by custom code.
  • Data correlation generation rules now allow you to specify a regular expression to use during extraction.
  • Support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6.
  • Improved management of .NET assemblies.
  • Improved image scalling in the eggPlant Functional viewer.
  • Improved event log filtering in Test Controller.
  • Automatic check for new releases of Studio and Analyzer.
  • New overloads for the ExtractList() method.
  • New GetValue() method added to the Url class.
  • Project exports now have the extension .epa (eggPlant Performance Archive), rather than .zip (but both formats are still able to be imported)
  • You can exclude specific extensions from a project archive (for example, you could exclude video content in order to reduce the size of the export)

Features and Improvements (v6.1.0)

  • Completely new eggPlant Performance Analyzer component
    • Powerful new chart creation.
    • Ability to filter/split data by injector/script/group.
    • Improved reporting, including PDF reports
    • New comparison charts allow the user to compare multiple test runs and easily identify trends.
    • Key Performance Indicators can be defined and reported on.
    • REST API allows full automation of the analysis and reporting process.
    • Uses a Postgres database to store the analyzed data.

Features and Improvements (v6.0.0)

  • Integration with Cloud Providers
    • Integration with Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure allows injector capacity to be added on demand.
    • Create new injector virtual machines in the cloud with the click of a button.
    • When a test run is started, all the required cloud injectors are started automatically.
    • At the end of a test run, the cloud injectors can be automatically shut down or rebooted.
    • Any cloud injectors that are no longer required can be deleted with the click of a button.
  • Injector Families
    • Injectors with the same characteristics are now grouped into Injector Families for easy configuration.
  • Script debugging with Visual Studio and Eclipse
    • Individual scripts can be run in an IDE, allowing step by step debugging.
    • For C# scripts, we support debugging in Visual Studio.
    • For Java scripts, we support debugging in Eclipse.
  • Dynamically stop virtual users during a test run
    • You can choose to stop specific virtual users at any time during the test run.
  • Change the pause factor of a group during a test run
    • You can change the pause factor for either the whole test, or for individual groups, at any time during the test run.
  • Automatic correlation of cookie values
    • If a cookie value, such as a session ID, appears in the path or query part of a URL then it will automatically be replaced with the correct value during replay.
  • New style licenses
    • The licensing model has been simplified.
    • There are no longer separate licenses to unlock the machine and to activate virtual users.
    • Instead, there are simply node locked licenses that are tied to a particular computer, or evaluation licenses that can be used on any computer
  • Shared Data Server scalability improvements
    • Connections to the Shared Data Server from each engine are now managed intelligently by the engine; you no longer have to manually open/close the connections in your scripts.
    • Sharing connections across virtual users massively increases the number of virtual users that can communicate with a single Shared Data Server.
  • Export individual test runs from Test Controller or Analyzer
    • Individual test runs can be exported from Test Controller or Analyzer in the form of a zip file.
  • Removal of support for C++ Web
    • C++ web scripts are no longer supported. If you have any C++ web scripts in your workspace then you will be unable to upgrade your workspace to work with version 6.0

 

This topic was last updated on October 11, 2019, at 11:18:59 AM.

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