03-13-2014 07:52 AM
Hi - I'm looking for some understanding of some best practices on when to re-script vs when not to.
We have a HTTP/HTML script on a web application. The project team made some code changes within their application that didn't affect the scripts behavior in anyway.
When doing some monitoring under dyna-trace we still some aspx calls that adding 2 secs to our response time from our old scripts. Even though the scripts are not showing any failures in them this aspx call are being generated and effecting our times.
Should a re-script be done because of this?
03-13-2014 09:23 AM
My opinion is that if there is a code change in the application it is good idea to record the script again and check if there will be other differences in the new script apart from the dynamic values.
Comparing the scripts you will be able to decide if you should continue working with the new script or not.
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07-28-2014 11:25 AM
Hi - to add on...
It is up to you when to make this decision. Here is my opinion..
Granted it can be difficult to parameterize and alter the recorded script - so the effort to record a new script is weighed carefully against making manual edits.
First - We keep the scripts in a version control system. This allows you to compare a recent recording to the last saved one. When development triggers us that something "big" has changed - the team will record the scenario again and compare to the previous version. This helps us understand the scope of the differences.
If the script can be updated/corrected with a simple cut/paste - then we take that path. If however the newly recorded script doesn't look anything like the previous - this tips the scale towards recording a new script.
I should also point out that we subdivide our web scripts into smaller functions so that it is easier to compare (and therefore reuse). For example - there is a section of a web page that is common across all pages. This HTML code was extracted and placed into a shared code library. When recording we strip out the recorded HTML and replace it with a call to this library method. This way if the common frame changes - we record it (fix it) once and recompile all of the scenarios... thus propogating the new HTML everywhere.