Web Test Authoring and Debugging Techniques

My whitepaper titled Web Test Authoring and Debugging Techniques is now live on MSDN!  It covers some best practices for creating web tests as well a lot of things to look for when things don’t go the way you expected. Please let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

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Custom ExtractionRule to extract form fields by index

*This is the third post in a series about web test extensibility points.  The first post was about extending web tests using custom IHttpBody classes and the second post was about a custom ValidationRule to catch redirects to error pages.* The ExtractHiddenFields rule that is present in most web tests works by extracting every hidden field on a page into…

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VSTS Dev & Test Tools MSDN Public Chat – Wed 10/19 @ 1pm EDT

Team System MSDN Public Chat Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Developer & Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Testers When: Wednesday, November 16th @ 10am PST What: Join us to discuss the Profiler, Test Tools (Unit, Generic, Manual), Web & Load Testing, and Code Analysis (FxCop & PREFast). We have questions for you, will…

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A custom ValidationRule to catch redirects to error pages

*This is the second post in a series about web test extensibility points.  The first post was about extending web tests using custom IHttpBody classes.* It is a common practice for a web application to trap errors and redirect the user to a “We’re sorry, an error has occurred…” page.  Unfortunately, these error pages often return a “200 OK” status code…

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VSTS RTM on MSDN

Who isn’t excited about that string of acronyms?  I know I am. The final version of Visual Studio Team System is now available for download by MSDN subscribers in advance of the November 7th launch date.  If you get the Team Suite or Team Edition for Software Testers (also called Team Test), feel free to post questions and…

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Web and Load Testing Webcast (TODAY!)

MSDN Webcast: Load and Web Testing with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System (Level 200)     Start Time:   Tuesday, October 25, 2005 1:00 PM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)  End Time:   Tuesday, October 25, 2005 2:00 PM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)   Products: Visual Studio. Recommended Audience: Developer. Language: English-American  Description: By using Microsoft…

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Meet up at ASP.NET Connections

I’ll be in Las Vegas attending ASP.Net Connections from November 7th through 10th.  I’m mainly going so I can learn more about new and upcoming ASP.NET features that we want to make sure we cover in online samples and/or support in our next release.  I would also like to meet up with any and all VSTS…

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Creating custom IHttpBody classes for coded web tests

If you’ve recorded a web test and generated code, you’ve probably noticed the FormPostHttpBody class.  You might have even seen the StringHttpBody class if you had web service requests in your web test.  These are the only two built-in classes for generating HTTP request bodies, so what do you do if you need to send requests…

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Upcoming Public Chat

Please join me for a public chat this Wednesday.  Come prepared with lots of web load testing questions, suggestions, and praise for the development team 🙂 Team System Developer & Test SKUs Public Chat Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month @ 10am PST Join us to discuss the Profiler, Test Tools (Unit, Generic, Manual), Web Load…

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Web Test Recording

Our Web Test Recorder works differently than recorders in some other web/load testing products. We actually hook IE navigation events while others use a small proxy server to intercept and record requests. There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches. A proxy recorder’s main advantage is that it can see all HTTP traffic no matter…

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