As I’m sure you’re aware, a Wiki is a site which you can edit “as you go”.

This is a good example of a web page (HTML file) that you can put on your desktop and use as a notepad/scratchpad containing hyperlinks etc. It’s pretty good and could be used for making notes during test runs and could easily be saved off to a project folder or shared with colleagues.

You can download it from http://www.tiddlywiki.com/.

Test Data Creation – random dates of birth

I needed to generate dates of birth for some testing recently and found that this was an easy way to do it. Excel ensures that you don’t get any invalid dates (such as 31st of February, or Leap Year problems).

In this spreadsheet you enter the ages that you’d like your test data to represent, e.g 18-75, 30-40 and the spreadsheet does the rest.

Click here to download the spreadsheet.




Batch file to tidy up contents of LoadRunner script folder

After you finish using LoadRunner scripts, lots of files can be left behind in the script folder, these include output files, error logs and the compiled script. Provided that you know your script works, they can be removed before you archive your scripts to save space on your file server.


I use this batch file to tidy up the files that I don’t need.

Paste the text below into a notepad.exe or a similar text editor and save it as a file called “tidyup.bat“.
Copy tidyup.bat into the script folder and run it to tidy up the files in that folder. The script uses the /s switch which means that this script recurses through all sub directories and tidies up files in script sub-folders.


After deleting files, it opens notepad.exe and displays the list of deleted files.

@echo off

REM simple menu system





echo This batch file will delete the following files from every

echo folder and subdirectory from the folder in which it is run: –


echo *.idx

echo mdrv*.log

echo mdrv.txt

echo options.txt

echo *.ci

echo combined_*.c

echo output.txt

echo debug.inf

echo *.bak



echo It will then output a list of what it deleted to: –

echo [c:FilesDeleted.txt]


if exist c:FilesDeleted.txt del c:FilesDeleted.txt

del *.idx /s >c:FilesDeleted.txt

del mdrv*.log /s >>c:FilesDeleted.txt

del mdrv.txt /s >>c:FilesDeleted.txt

del options.txt /s >>c:FilesDeleted.txt

del *.ci /s >>c:FilesDeleted.txt

del combined_*.c /s >>c:FilesDeleted.txt

del output.txt /s >>c:FilesDeleted.txt

del debug.inf /s >>c:FilesDeleted.txt

del *.bak /s >>c:FilesDeleted.txt

“Notepad.exe” “c:FilesDeleted.txt”

del c:FilesDeleted.txt