New in LoadRunner 11.0

 

Major VuGen Changes

 

The following are the significant changes from the previous version. These changes alone are worth the upgrade:

 

·Ajax TruClient Protocol: This is a major new protocol, and a new and very innovative approach to the scripting of Web applications. Those that are familiar with tools such as QTP, will find scripting with the new TruClient protocol extremely friendly. To get started with this protocol, the only prerequiste is that your application must work in Mozilla Firefox. Time will tell if this is a worthy adversary to the standard Web HTML/HTTP protocol we love, but we’re optimistic and very excited about this new feature.

 

·Silverlight Protocol: Microsoft’s new AJAX platform is a major new presentation framework for modern Web 2.0 applications. With the inclusion of this protocol, LoadRunner now cements itself as the premium load testing tool for Silverlight applications.

 

·Java over HTTP Protocol: Java calls over HTTP are now supported as a new protocol.

 

·Data Format Extensions for Web HTML/HTTP: The standard Web HTTP/HTML protocol can now rebuild any structured content as XML, allowing easy correlation of otherwise difficult to correlate content types, such as JSON or Base64 payloads.

 

·Regular Expression support for Web HTML/HTTP: Regular expressions can now be used with the web_reg_save_param function to locate parameter boundaries. We’re really excited about this new feature, regular expressions have been a glaring omission from the Web protocol for power scripters; but not anymore!

 

·Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and IE8 Support: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 is now officially supported, as is Internet Explorer 8 on these and earlier operating systems. LoadRunner will work with both 32-bit and 64-bit variants of this operating system.

 

 

Controller

 

There aren’t many changes within the controller for this release.

 

·Percentile support for Service Level Agreements: SLA definitions can now be based on percentiles. This is a substantial change, and will allow the SLA feature to be used within more testing situations.

 

·Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Support: As with the other application components, the controller also supports Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 environments (32-bits and 64-bits).

 

·Service Test script support: LoadRunner can now execute scripts creating using HP Service Test 11.00, to generate effective load testing scenarios for SOA applications.

 

 

 

Analysis

 

The analysis application has undergone an variety of changes:

 

·Reporting Enhancements: The report generation tool within Analysis has been greatly enhanced. Reports are now highly customisable, allowing performance analysts to generate professional reports straight from the Analysis tool. It looks like this feature will come in handy when communicating results immediately following a load test.

 

·Enhanced Graph Filtering: Graphs can be filtered directly through the transaction list that appears below each graph. This allows transactions to be quickly filtered, allowing you to focus on the ones you’re most interested in. For example, only show transactions with an average response above 2 seconds.

 

·Performance improvements: Indications are that this new release is quicker.

 

·Windows support: Once again, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are supported.

 

·Interface refresh: Analysis has been freshened up, with an updated control toolkit and some new icons.

 

 

Thanks,

Rohit Singh (360logica Software Testing Services)

 

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