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Understanding Web Pages in a Modern Online Application

With the advent of AJAX and one-page applications, the concent of a “web page” as a single file with HTML is antiquated. A simple website where the user navigates from page to page has morphed into a web-based application, with complicated user interface elements that aren’t web pages in the traditional sense.
And yet for testing purposes, we need to separate the different stages of a workflow for a web-based application. In Load Tester, then, the concent of a “page” could be anything from a traditional HTML file to a single asynchronous AJAX call. The common denominator is each “page” is … Continue reading »

Measurements plugin for SeleniumIDE is now available in the Firefox add-ons store

This Firefox extension is a plugin for SeleniumIDE that makes it easy to collect performance measurements during a test. Installing this extension will add new commands for starting and stopping timers and provides a UI for viewing and downloading the collected measurements.

Site is slow under load, but the servers aren’t busy?!?

The problem
Here is the situation: We are running a load test for a customer. The web servers are showing low to moderate CPU utilization and low disk activity. They have plenty of memory available. The middle-tier servers are reporting similar measurements. So is the database. Everything looks good in the load test.

Checking HTTP status codes from your Selenium/Java tests with the Meddler extension

Over the years, I’ve see a couple of questions repeatedly on the Selenium boards related to HTTP status codes: How do I check for broken links (404s)? How can I check the status code of a web-service request made from my web-app? The answer is usually “Selenium can not do that” because, of course, Selenium is a browser automation tool – not a full-featured testing solution. Other answers suggest various solutions…none that I’ve seen are elegant.

How to Handle a Website where Cookies are set via Javascript

The process instead is to locate where the cookie value is set in javascript, parse the value, and set the cookie value inside the cookie store. The new cookie value is then updated in every subsequent transaction automatically.

Backup and Restore Chronograf Dashboards

Chronograf is a web-based GUI for visualizing time-series data, typically from a time-series database such as InfluxDB. I have been using it recently to store load-test measurements created by the MuseIDE Measurements extension.

I have been running it in the cloud, starting up a fresh instance whenever I have the need for storing load test results. This is handy and very cost-effective, but starting from scratch means that I need to set up dashboards of the metrics I want to see every time.

Introducing the Influx extension for MuseIDE

InfluxData offers a set of tools that are well-purposed for load testing:

InfluxDB is a time series database that is very good for storing measurements generated during load testing
Telegraf is a client that can report performance-related OS measurements to InfluxDB (CPU%, Memory%, bandwidth, network and disk I/O, etc). Useful for monitoring both the load generators and the servers.
Chronograf is a visualization tool for time-series databases – very handy for visualizing and analyzing load test measurements.

Measurements extension 0.3 now available

The 0.3 release adds some new plugins and enhancements applicable to performance and load testing:
New Test Plugins

The new Test Duration Plugin creates measurements of individual tests (# running, duration, etc.).
The new Step Summary Measurements plugin creates sampled measurements on steps such as success, failure and error counts, running count, running duration.

Enhancements to existing plugins

The Periodic Measurement Collector plugin can now tag measurements with the source hostname
The Step Duration Producer plugin has 3 new features for improving test analysis
The Save Measurements to CSV plugin now writes a footer line at the end of the file. The footer line … Continue reading »

Improved analysis with the Step Duration Producer plugin

Find failing steps
The Step Duration Producer plugin is part of the Measurements extension for MuseIDE. Its primary function is to report the duration of each completed step. Starting with the 0.3 release, it can add status metadata to each measurement indicating the completion status of the step – success, failure or error.
To enable, turn on the Add Step Status parameter in the plugin configuration.
With the status available, analysis or visualization tools such as Chronograf can identify which steps are failing in your test. This chart shows that a verify step failed 5 times:

Which steps are running?
Want to know which tests … Continue reading »

Test Duration Producer plugin

This plugin is part of the Measurements extension for MuseIDE version 0.3. It is a test-suite plugin that provides measurements to illustrate how many of each test are running, how long have they been running and how long did they take to complete. It is intended to be helpful for load testing.
Each time a test within a suite completes, a measurement is produced containing the duration of the test. If the running tests parameter is true, then each time measurements are collected by the Periodic Measurement Collector, two additional measurements are produced for each test. The first, running, is … Continue reading »

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