I’m not currently using LoadRunner at my current client site so I’ve been a bit “hands-off” recently. Having said that I like to keep a copy of VuGen installed on my laptop for proof of concept (POC) work and occasional “refreshers”. I’ve been on holiday and when I got back to work, I noticed that “HP Software Update” had identified that the LoadRunner Patch 4 was available. This means that HP has now made LoadRunner updates automatic and no longer dependent on using a SAID (Software Agreement ID) to download the latest patches. This is great news because it allows performance test professionals who aren’t on customer sites with active (SAID) support agreements to get access to the latest versions of LoadRunner for evaluation.
After installing the update (which did take a long time) and asked me to kill the LoadRunner Agent Process (magentproc.exe), I wondered what extra “goodies” I got for the 158MB download. I’ve attached the readme.htm file which gives more detail.
As well as the new features, the LoadRunner splash screen contains links to a number of videos. showing you how to use the newer features such as Silverlight support, Ajax TruClient support and the new DFE (data format extension) support which simplifies correlation of GWT payload data.
I think that this is a great step forward for HP, allowing easier access to the latest versions of their software. Hopefully this will make proof of concept activities easier for anybody evaluating LoadRunner for their own use of for their clients.
When I worked at HBOS, I found that the standard database in LoadRunner Analysis (MS Access/Jet) didn’t perform very well with large results sets and I wrote an article (attached) describing how to install MSDE as an alternative database engine for LoadRunner Analysis 8.1.
Since 2007, technology has moved on apace and other, better databases are available. SQL Express is one such database and I found an article similar to mine, describing the same process to install SQL Express as the database engine for LoadRunner analysis. I’ve reproduced the article here (see the second attachment). In case the original source of this information disappears from the Internet.
Here’s the link to the original document on wperf.blogspot.com.
A PDF of my MSDE document can be downloaded here.
A PDF version of the SQL Express instructions can be downloaded here.
Last week I can across this article by Stuart Moncrieff who looks after the myloadtest.com website.
In this article Stuart describes how he wrote a php file for GeSHi (Generic Syntax Highlighter) which highlights LoadRunner C code using the same colours as vuser generator. This has been something that I’ve wanted for ages. Whenever I do documentation describing a script, I often want to paste it into my Word document, PDF or website using the same colours as LoadRunner.
Once Stuart wrote the syntax file, I decided to give it a go. I installed it on my site and modified the sample GesHi page so that LoadRunner was the default language type. It took no time at all thanks to the good documentation provided by Stuart and the developers of GeSHi.
The finished results can be seen here - http://bish.co.uk/geshi/example.php
Simply paste your LoadRunner code into the empty text box and click “submit”, GeSHi does the rest for you.
If you wanted to, you could choose a different language from the drop-down list to format the code in colours relevant to a different programming language such as COBOL, delphi, java, html, php or the other languages supported by GeSHi.