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  • Blog Post: Event ordering in Web Tests

    Web tests have a number of extensibility points before and after a request. What order do they run in? The hooks are: WebTestPlugin.PreRequest WebTestRequestPlugin.PreRequest ExtractionRule.Extract ValidationRule.Validate Here is a sequence diagram that shows what order things fire: There is no guaranteed...
  • Blog Post: New templates for plugins and rules

    Inspired by templates developed by Dennis Bass of the services test labs, I added new item templates to the codeplex.com\TeamTestPlugins project. If you install these on your machine it makes creating new plugins much easier: If you work with web and load tests you'll find these very handy, and they...
  • Blog Post: Catching errors as they happen: WebTest ValidateResponseUrl

    In VS 2008, we added a new Validation Rule ValidateResponseUrl. In VS 2005, a very common problem was that a page would redirect to the error page, but the web test engine did not automatically recognize this as an error. Then downstream in the playback another page would fail, usually with "hidden...
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