When doing manual data correlation in Rational Performance Tester (RPT) it's often necessary to inspect the properties a particular reference.
You might want to see or modify it's regular expression, see how many times it's used, etc.
The steps to see all the references in a test is to highlight the top line of the test then right mouse click and choose Data Correlation -> Show References
This brings up the Test References dialog. I like to click on the name tab to sort references by name.
Now let's say I want look more closely at the reference fn_2. Highlight the line in the Test Reference dialog that has fn_2 and do Properties...
Since I want to find out where this is used I click on the Preview tab and it shows me the response where it's extracted
So far so good. A stumbling block in RPT is how do I get from this Preview dialog to the actual reference in the test itself? It would be nice
if there was an option to click on and have a Go to function. But there's not. However we can accomplish the same task using Bookmarks.
So to go to the reference fn_2 in the actual test close the above dialog
Highlight the line with fn_2 in it and click the bookmark icon on the toolbar
At this point you can bookmark other references if you want.
Close the Test References and in RPT select Window -> Show Vjew -> Bookmarks
The bookmark we created will show up on the bottom in a separate pane
Double clicking on the entry for fn_2 will jump to the test where the reference is extracted.
This matches up with the same location in the Preview pane of the references Properties dialog above
This is a neat little trick and can same a lot of time when doing manual correlation in RPT Other things in a test besides references can be bookmarked, but to me this is one of the most productive uses of bookmarks.