LoadComplete Parameterization Wizard

On March 2, I posted a blog entry that detailed the reasons for parameterizing your load tests and when it makes sense to do so. Today, I want to highlight the parameterization wizard in LoadComplete, and show you just how easy SmartBear makes the parameterization process.

Load Testing Parameterization

LoadComplete is SmartBear's performance testing tool for load, stress, and scalability testing of web applications. One of the really useful components of LoadComplete is its Parameterization Wizard.  The wizard enables you to create and use even complex parameterization in a simple and intuitive manner. 

Simulating Users and Automatically Generating Data

To simulate unique users, LoadComplete lets you use different data for each virtual user – logins, passwords, form fields and so on. Test data can be fetched from external data sources, such as Excel, CSV, text files and databases. You can also use LoadComplete’s built-in data generator to automatically generate data for your tests in a variety of formats. Just to give you an idea of how comprehensive this data generation is, here is a list of variable types that can be generated:

  • List variable - Returns values from a list
  • Incremental variable - Increments the initial value during test runs
  • Random variable - Returns a random value from a specified range
  • Constant value - A variable that retains the same value during test runs
  • Current date value - Returns the current date in the specified format

When you select one of these variable types, there are a lot of options presented. Bottom line: if you need to generate parameter values, LoadComplete can generate exactly what you need. You can generate a few or a few thousand – in the same, easy way.

Parameters with Specific Values

There are times when you will need to use specific values for your parameters (values from your database, for example). LoadComplete makes that process just as easy. If you need to pull in external data, you have three options:

  • Database variable - Retrieves values from a database
  • CSV file - Retrieves values from a CSV file
  • Excel workbook - Retrieves values from an Excel workbook

As you can see, LoadComplete offers a very complete set of options for parameterization. However, what is really nice about the parameterization wizard is that it exposes all of these options in a very simple and intuitive manner.

In my next post, I will show how easy it is to parameterize a test by stepping you through the process.

 

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