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XLT 4.3.2 is available

Xceptance has released version 4.3.2 of its load testing and test automation product Xceptance LoadTest. This is an improvement and bug fix release. More information about this release can be found in the release notes.

Script Developer

  • Improvement: Support for Firefox 27.
  • Improvement: Usability improvement when sorting test data entries or module parameters.
  • Improvement: Native platform line endings are used when exporting Java code now.
  • Improvement: Script migration errors are now written to the log panel instead of to messages boxes.
  • Fix: No error message anymore when two scripts have the same name but are located in different packages.

Result Browser

  • Fix: Query parameters were incorrectly parsed because the fragment (#…) was included.

Framework

  • Fix: WebDriver features were not exposed when WebDrivers were reused.

EC2-AMIs with Java 7

  • eu-west-1 : ami-3650a641
  • us-east-1 : ami-d33a01ba
  • us-west-1 : ami-5ef4c91b
  • us-west-2 : ami-ce97f4fe
  • ap-southeast-2 : ami-fd0c92c7

TestSuite-NoCoding – Load Testing with CSV Files

Our test suite on GitHubWe continue to share cool things with the community of software testers and developers. Today we are announcing the availability of our no coding test suite for XLT under the Apache License v2.0.

Introduction

You want to fire just a couple of URLs to load test your application? You have to investigate the performance problems of a feature and you need accurate measurements as well as a lot of load generated? You like XLT and its capabilities, but you don’t have the time to compile a sophisticated test suite from scratch? Whatever your motivation, our new test suite for XLT is the solution you are looking for.
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Xceptance Releases XLT 4.3

Xceptance released version 4.3 of its load testing and test automation product Xceptance LoadTest. It features a wide range of improvements and new functionality.

As always, this update is free of charge for every user. You can use XLT freely for your daily automation work, regression testing, and performance validation. If you are an eligible Open Source project, you can get a full XLT license for your load and performance testing needs for free as well.

Script Developer

Enjoy more automation with less clicking. The new information panel summarizes the specifics of the currently selected item, so you do not need to open it anymore. Additionally, the new log panel lists all executed commands and their respective parameters.

If an element is styled with the CSS property text-transform, then the element’s text on the screen may have different character casing from what is defined in the page’s DOM tree. The WebDriver specification mandates to return the text as shown on the screen. Script Developer will now record text with the the character casing that appears on the screen and it will also take the CSS property text-transform into account when replaying text assertions.

Reporting

The XLT load test reports have been improved by adding more charts and data details, such as overall statistics for all timers. Arrival rate charts have been added to visualize the load development over time and make sure the desired load factor was reached.

Charts can now optionally be configured to be logarithmic. A capping can be added to hide larger spikes, which usually make charts hard to read, without removing the important information altogether.

The new networking section summarizes all general network-related statistics and charts on a separate page.

The error and event page has been redesigned and includes a new error chart that contains separate graphs for all transactions/actions/requests so that the temporal distribution of transaction/action/request errors is displayed in one chart. A new error summary table groups all errors by their error message to help you see which types of errors occurred and how many of them.

Load and Performance Testing

The master controller features two new commands to validate the availability of agents and  display their current configuration. A new command line option permits the skipping of result downloads when XLT is used as a load generator only.

Framework Extensions

A set of new commands is available in Script Developer and in the framework: commands such as assertAttribute, assertStyle, assertClass, assertEval, and their matching store and wait equivalents.

XLT can now send and receive IDs as part of the request to ease the correlation of server-side logs and test results. XLT may send a randomly generated alphanumeric ID as request header or extract such an ID from an arbitrary response header.

When dealing with different test environments, different load profiles, and/or different test data at the same time, managing different combinations of configuration settings can be challenging. The new property file include feature makes it easier now to predefine aspects and reuse them later in different configurations without copying and pasting.

When a test case reads a certain setting from the configuration, the framework uses a fallback strategy when doing the property look-up. This strategy performs an additional look-up step now, based on the transaction name (the short name to which the full class name is mapped). This additional step lets you parameterize different transactions differently, even if they are mapped to the same class and therefore share the same code.

The webdriver that will be used when executing functional tests can now be configured via properties. This allows greater flexibility and hardcoding is not necessary anymore.

When XLT executes XML script test cases with a WebDriver instance that is capable of taking screenshots, it can take a screenshot after each action, if desired.

Result Browser

New Result Browser UIA new look matches the overall styling of reports. Also, the navigation bar can now be resized, requests are color coded to visualize the content type, and the first page is displayed automatically. URLs are now active links, so you can click them easily.

If needed, the content of a response can be beautified for certain content types (HTML, JavaScript, JSON, CSS). This includes formatting and syntax highlighting.

Misc

  • XLT is shipped with an empty test suite project that can be used as a template for your own projects.
  • HtmlUnit has been upgraded to version 2.12.
  • WebDriver/Selenium has been upgraded to version 2.39.0.
  • EC2 admin console permits setting a tag name now.

Amazon Machine Images

The Amazon Machine Images (AMI) listed below are available for public use. Using these images is free of charge, but require that you own an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. Please make sure that your EC2 security group permits communication on port tcp/8500. AMIs with Java 6 are no longer provided.

  • eu-west-1 : ami-ceae46b9
  • us-east-1 : ami-2510394c
  • us-west-1 : ami-e4ccfca1
  • us-west-2 : ami-9ebadeae
  • ap-southeast-2 : ami-617be45b

If you need XLT-AMIs in Tokyo, Singapore, or Sao Paulo, please let us know.

Purchase Licenses and Support Online

Licenses and support can be conveniently ordered through our XLT Self Service Center. You can instantly download licenses and purchase support right when it is needed. All your invoices and previous licenses (when purchased online) are accessible at any time.

We will notify you before your license or support runs out, so that you will never miss that again. This enables you to continue your daily automation and load testing work without interruption. Please note that we do not renew your contracts automatically, so no strings attached.

Visa and MasterCard are accepted. All credit card data is processed and secured by Wirecard.

Where to get it

More information about this release, the Quick Start Guide, and the Manual can be found in the release area. The full XLT 4.3.0 package can be downloaded here.

This upgrade is free of charge for everyone.

Xceptance LoadTest 4.2.10 released

We released Xceptance LoadTest 4.2.10. It addresses four defects and is a recommended update release.

  • Strange long delays when replaying test cases using Firefox 23
  • A sporadic I/O exception indicated static content download problems, but was caused by the internal connection management
  • JavaScript urls have been evaluated in the wrong context
  • Loading default frame content may have overwritten already created content

You can find more detailed information and the download link in the release notes for version 4.2.10.

New AWS-AMIs in Singapore

We just made XLT 4.2.9 AMIs available at AWS-EC2 ap-southeast-1/Singapore. Here is the list of all XLT-AMIs available. Happy testing!

  • Java 7
    • eu-west-1 : ami-71e1fc05
    • us-east-1 : ami-b03845d9
    • us-west-1 : ami-00a38a45
    • us-west-2 : ami-17fc6f27
    • ap-southeast-2 : ami-4514877f
    • ap-southeast-1 : ami-caa1e898
  • Java 6
    • eu-west-1 : ami-73e1fc07
    • us-east-1 : ami-be3845d7
    • us-west-1 : ami-7aa38a3f
    • us-west-2 : ami-3ffc6f0f
    • ap-southeast-2 : ami-4714877d
    • ap-southeast-1 : ami-c8a1e89a

Test Automation – Here are our Thoughts on it

XLT Script DeveloperToday’s article can be seen as a survey reflecting our thoughts on web test automation in general. It basically lists personal experiences that we were able to gain in customer projects or conclusions that we arrived at in recent discussions on this topic.

Feel free to use these ideas and thoughts as input for your own discourse on test automation, whether it is about starting it, keeping it running, or just questioning it every once in a while.
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Update: Test Automation for Demandware SiteGenesis

SiteGenesis Test Automation

We received a lot of positive feedback on introducing our sample test automation suite for Demandware SiteGenesis. Have a look at the original post containing a video tutorial and all information you will need to get started.

It’s our intention to keep the test automation suite up-to-date, so it covers new and additional features of SiteGenesis. The latest update for version 13.3 of SiteGenesis contains the following improvements:

  • Support of the new multi-ship feature of SiteGenesis
  • Better independence of SiteGenesis product data
  • Stability improvements to make the test suite much more stable with reference to timing issues
  • Support for testing in Chrome and Firefox remotely without Script Developer
  • Introducing of ANT support for easier integration into build automation

You can download the test suite here: Test Automation for Demandware SiteGenesis 13.3.

P.S. We do not provide instances of SiteGenesis for testing. You have to be a signed up partner or customer of Demandware to get your own test instance.

Web Drivers in XLT: Basic Access Authentication

Today’s article of our WebDrivers series deals with HTTP authentication – a topic that, at first sight, seems to be very specific and of minor relevance. However, in the world of software testing it’s way more important than you’d think.

HTTP Authentification IE
HTTP Authentication IE
Often you will have an additional testing instance of a website to be tested. These instances are protected from abuse which is why they require credentials before you can access them. See below for an example in Internet Explorer:

This browser dialog appears just once. If you’ve entered the right credentials, you can access the related website as often as you like without further authentication – as long as you don’t reopen the browser. The latter is a critical issue for automated WebDriver testing.
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Release Xceptance LoadTest 4.2.8

XLT_transparentWe just released a minor XLT update that brings you an improvement and a fix.

  • Script Developer: Mouse events dispatched by SD use target element coordinates now.
  • Load Test Environment: The result target directory can now be specified on the mastercontroller command line.

As always, this release update is free of charge and you can download it here: XLT Release 4.2.8. Do not forget to sign up to our release email list. To purchase licenses and support, please visit the XLT Portal.

XLT is free for up to five virtual users for load and performance testing. Regression testing usage is always free of charge.

WebDrivers in XLT: Test Case Design that Compensates for Inconsistencies across WebDrivers

Still remember the first post of our article series? It talked about how you can run XLT test cases in different browsers. If you’ve done so already, you might have noticed that the behavior of test cases developed in Script Developer sometimes differs depending on the WebDriver you’ve chosen. This article is meant to help you resolve such issues.

First of all, what’s the reason for these inconsistencies? Web browsers differ in their characteristics, such as site representation or functionality, due to their varying support of web technologies like CSS or HTML. You probably know that there is much more we could list, but the major point is pretty obvious already: using WebDrivers for test case execution calls real browser instances. Logically, you’re faced with the same differences as in real web browsers. It’s impossible to achieve a completely consistent web browser behavior; yet you can design your test case as outlined below to at least reduce the differences.

Time: Enlarging time properties can prevent timing problems with dynamically loaded content, like iframes or page content added with JavaScript. Script Developer lets you set an ‘Implicit Wait Timeout’. It allows to specify how long the test should wait for a command to fail while trying to find elements.

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