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  • Blog Post: Description of Tables and Columns in VS 2010 Load Test Database

    In this blog post I am going to update Bill Barnett's post which describes the tables and columns in the load test database. Here is Bill's original post which applies to VS 2005 and VS 2008: 2008 Database First, in VS 2010 the default load test database name has been changed from LoadTest to LoadTest2010...
  • Blog Post: Convert Comments entered in Web Test Recorder into Transactions

    This post is going to be one more sample of a Web Test Recorder Plug-in. The recorder plug-ins are a new feature in VS 2010. In this sample, we will convert comments that are entered in the recorder into transactions. I have heard this request from a number of people and thought it would be a useful...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: Another Sample Web Test Recorder Plug-in

    In a previous post I wrote about a new feature that was added for VS 2010 called extensible recorder plug-ins. Here is that post: Recorder Plug-ins Basically recorder plug-ins give you the opportunity to modify a recorded web test prior to the test being saved back to the web test editor. So if you always...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: ASP.NET profiler integration with Load Tests

    One of the new features in VSTS 2010 is Data Collectors. Data collectors can run as part of your test run and then associate the data collected with the test. This is also an extensibility point. You can create your own data collectors and store any kind of data with your test runs. The following are...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: Branching and Looping in Declarative Web Tests

    We continue to add features to the declarative web test model that will try to allow you to stay in the web test editor and only go to code for custom rules, plugins, etc. Prior to VSTS 2010, if you wanted to do any real branching or looping in web tests, you would have to go to code. In VSTS 2010 we...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: Find/Replace in Web Test Editor

    This blog post will describe the find/replace functionality added to the web test editor. This functionality was added in the Beta 2 release. A piece of feedback that we have heard a number of times is “It would be nice if I could create a context parameter and then easily replace all instances of a...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: Data Source Enhancements

    This blog post will describe the enhancements that have been made to the data source functionality in web tests. We have heard the following feedback a number of times: I would like to be able to reload the data source while a load test is running I want to be able to use a column in my data...
  • Blog Post: Debugging Custom Validation/Extraction rules, Web Test and Load Test Plug-ins

    Most of my recent posts have been about new features in VS 2010. This post is going to show you how to debug your custom rules. This applies to VS 2005, VS 2008 and VS 2010. First let’s create a Test Project Then Right click on the project node and select Add –> Web Test Record a simple...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: API for Processing Web Test Results

    One request which we have received a number of times is something like, “The Web test playback UI is great for when you are in VS, but I need to share these results with others. Can I generate a report from the web test result?” In VS 2005 and 2008, the web test result was stored in a trx file which...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: Making it easy to debug web tests using Fiddler

    VSTS 2010 Beta2 is out and there are a number of blog posts I want to write on the features now available to you. Check out Ed Glas’s blog post on the full set: Beta2 Features The first small feature that I am going to talk about is better integration with Fiddler. If you are not familiar with Fiddler...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: Load test virtual user activity visualization

    This is another post about new VS 2010 web/load testing features. You can get the beta here: beta download In this post I am going to talk about a new load test feature called “Load test virtual user activity visualization”. This feature is a new way to look at load test data. In this feature we will...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: Extensible recorder plugins for modifying recorded web tests (including adding custom dynamic parameter correlation)

    This is another post about new VS 2010 web/load testing features. You can get the beta here: beta download . In this post I am going to talk about a new feature that can help with web test recording. The feature is extensible recorder plug-ins for modifying recorded web tests. Basically we are giving...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: Web Test Recorder Plugins

    This is another post about new VS 2010 web/load testing features. You can get the beta here: beta download . In this post I am going to talk about a new feature that can help with web test recording. The feature is extensible recorder plug-ins for modifying recorded web tests. Basically we are giving...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: Enhancements for Web Test Playback UI

    This is my second post about new VS 2010 web/load testing features. You can get the beta here: beta download In this post I am going to talk about a number of usability enhancements that we made to the Web Test Playback UI and how you can use them. The enhancements are 1) Find – You can now do...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: Web Test Playback Enhancements

    This is my second post about new VS 2010 web/load testing features. You can get the beta here: beta download In this post I am going to talk about a number of usability enhancements that we made to the Web Test Playback UI and how you can use them. The enhancements are 1) Find – You can now do...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: Load Test Excel Report Integration

    Now that VSTS 2010 beta 1 is available I will be writing a series of blog posts highlighting new Web and Load testing features. You can get the beta here: beta download The first feature that I want to review is creating load test run to run comparison reports with excel. With this release we have...
  • Blog Post: VSTS 2010 Feature: Creating excel reports for Load Test Data

    Now that VSTS 2010 beta 1 is available I will be writing a series of blog posts highlighting new Web and Load testing features. You can get the beta here: beta download The first feature that I want to review is creating load test run to run comparison reports with excel. With this release we have...
  • Blog Post: Using Fiddler to create web tests with transactions

    Check out this blog post from Eric Mattingly about extenstions he added to fiddler for creating VSTS web tests with transactions: http://blogs.msdn.com/nexpert/archive/2009/05/04/creating-transactional-web-tests-for-visual-studio-with-fiddler-nexpert.aspx
  • Blog Post: Creating a custom step load profile

    This blog post will show you how to create custom load profiles by walking you thorugh the process of creating one which will step the user load up and then back down: http://blogs.msdn.com/slumley/pages/creating-a-custom-load-profile-which-will-step-user-load-up-and-then-back-down.aspx
  • Blog Post: Creating a custom load profile which will step user load up and then back down

    This blog post is going to show you how to create a custom load profile. Out of the box there are 3 load profiles: constant, step and goal. I will show you how to create a load profile and how to set it with a load test plug-in. We will walk through creating a profile which is similar to the step profile...
  • Blog Post: Load Test Plug-in Overview and Samples

    This blog post gives an overview of the load test plug-in extensibility point and provides a few samples of what they can do: http://blogs.msdn.com/slumley/pages/load-test-plug-ins.aspx
  • Blog Post: Awesome new Web/Load testing reference guide available

    Check out the following guide for answers to many different questions on web and load testing: http://vstt2008qrg.codeplex.com/ This covers the following topics: SETUP CONSIDERATIONS WEB TEST CONSIDERATIONS WEB SERVICE TEST CONSIDERATIONS UNIT TEST CONSIDERATIONS LOAD TEST CONSIDERATIONS...
  • Blog Post: How to run Web and Load Tests from the Command-Line

    This blog post will show you how you can run web and load tests from the command-line: http://blogs.msdn.com/slumley/pages/running-web-and-load-tests-from-the-command-line.aspx
  • Blog Post: Running Web and Load tests from the Command-Line

    This blog post will show you how to run a web test or load test from the command-line instead of from within Visual Studio. Most of the time you will want to run you web or load test from within visual studio, but you can run them from a command-line. Maybe you have a set of 5 web tests that you want...
  • Blog Post: Modifying Request Properties with a Web Test Plugin

    This blog post will show you how you can create a simple web test plugin which can be used to easily modify properties of each request in a web test: http://blogs.msdn.com/slumley/pages/setting-request-properties-with-a-web-test-plug-in.aspx
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