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Is testing at its essence just “faking it”?

design learn simulate.pngFor my first true testing job, I was totally over my head. I was young, inexperienced and honestly had no clue what I was doing. Yet somehow I was able to convince everyone that I knew what I was doing as a testing expert.


I learned how to be an “expert” by watching those who truly were and mimicking what they did. The same is true of application testing today. In load testing, we apply a load to fake a real system into believing real people are accessing it so we can understand how the system under test (SUT) will respond in the real world.  Keep reading to find out how you can better take advantage of this principle in your environment.



Guest post by  David Flynn, HP Solution Architect

Labels: Load Testing

Looking for more on LoadRunner12? This is your chance!

LoadRunner 12 webinar.pngMark your calendars! April 24 is when you can get an in-depth look at HP LoadRunner and Performance Center.


Consider this your private invitation to the event. (But I guess you can share the invite if you like.)

Labels: HP LoadRunner

Testing myths—debunking the top 5 myths of mobile application performance testing

Mobile device.pngHow do you test your mobile application?  Are you sure that your current testing methods are reflective of actual usage?


Learn what the top five myths of mobile application performance testing are. You can also learn what you should do instead if you are currently using one of these testing methods.

Labels: mobile testing

LoadRunner 12.00’s new network profiles make it easier to connect to your LGs, MI Listeners and MoFW

HP LoadRunner 12.00 adds a new feature called Network Profile, which makes it easier for customers to configure their network environment for load testing. The new feature enables the Controller to communicate with other components such as Load Generators, MI Listener and Monitor Over Firewall via a proxy.


LoadRunner 12.00 allows you to export and import these configurations, making it even easier to configure the LoadRunner network environment.


Continue reading to learn about Network Profiles and how you can use them.


(This post was written by Lin Chen (Charlie), from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

Virtual Table Server Enhancements in LoadRunner 12.00

p3.pngWith the recent release of LoadRunner 12.00, I would like to introduce some enhancements to the Virtual Table Server (VTS) in LoadRunner 12.00. If you are not familiar with the VTS, you can refer to my previous post, The New Virtual Table Server (VTS) in LoadRunner 11.52.


Continue reading to learn about these enhancements, which include multi-instance support, TruClient native support, sample data, and more.


This post was written by Jason (Zhi-Yuan Jing), from the LoadRunner R&D team)

Converting TruClient scripts to Web-protocol scripts in LoadRunner 12.0

p7.pngHP LoadRunner provides two solutions for load testing over the Web: the transport-based Web HTTP/HTML protocol, and the TruClient protocol. The difference between them is that the transport-based protocol simulates client requests at the network level while TruClient involves an actual browser engine.


LoadRunner 12.00 introduces a new feature, ‘TruClient to Web’, which can generate a web transport script from an existing TruClient script (either TruClient Firefox or TruClient IE). The generated web transport script contains the same business process as the original TruClient script, and at the same time most of the TruClient metadata, such as logs, comments, transactions and code structures, is also converted to in the equivalent Web HTTP script elements.


Continue reading to find out more about this new feature, and how to use it.


(This post was written by Yang Luo (Kert), from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

Best practices and proven methodologies for Mobile Performance Testing

Vivit logo.jpgMobile performance testing is playing an increasingly important role in the automated tech landscape. This is why we are addressing this issue head- on. You can join us on April 9 at our webinar with Vivit where we will discuss the latest best practices and methodologies for creating an exceptional Mobile Performance Testing strategy.


Keep reading to find out how you can join us.

Step-by-step instructions to Provision Load Generators in the cloud for LoadRunner tests

With the release of LoadRunner 12.00 there are new features to discuss and explain. Today I examine using cloud machines as load generators for running LoadRunner scenarios from the Controller.


Keep reading to find out how to take advantage of this new functionality.


(This post was written by Edo Nir, LoadRunner R&D)

Labels: Load Testing

New Ways to Secure Your LoadRunner Environment in 12.00

HP LoadRunner consists of a number of different components, including the Controller, Load Generators, MI Listeners, etc.  Previous releases of LoadRunner have provided enough security to ensure that the data being transferred between components is secure, but were not able to prevent unauthorized computers from accessing the components.  LoadRunner 12.00 introduces a new set of SSL-based security features that can protect your LoadRunner components from being used by an unauthorized computer.


Continue reading to learn how you can secure your LoadRunner 12.00 environment with the new SSL features.


(This post was written by Yan-Jun Yu (Tedy), from the LoadRunner R&D Team)

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  • I have been working in the computer software industry since 1989. I started out in customer support then software testing where I was a very early adopter of automation, first functional test automation and them performance test automation. I worked in professional services for 8 years before returning to my roots in customer support where I have been a Technical Account Manger for HP's Premier Support department for the past 4 years. I have been using HP LoadRunner since 1998 and HP Performance Center since 2004. I also have strong technical understanding of HP Application Lifecycle Management (Quality Center) and HP SiteScope.
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