Notes from Rational Support
We are pleased to announce that Developer for Power Systems is now available on the Rational RFE Community, effective March 11, 2011.
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In a very typical scenario, To create a test, many testers currently sit at a PC and alternate between completing an action in the application under test and writing the step on a notepad. When the test is complete on paper, the tester (or in some cases an administrative assistant for the testing group) types the steps into a standard test template, frequently using either Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel. Following this procedure, a single manual test is essentially written twice.
Eliminating the need to write each test twice can save you time for other testing.
In addition to writing tests twice, much time is spent adapting existing tests for similar new tests. For example, a tester might create a test to log into the application under test as an administrator, and then adapt that test to log into the application under test as a regular user. This adaptation typically takes one of two forms:
• Open the existing test, edit steps as needed, and save the test with a new filename.
• Open a new test template, copy steps from the existing test, edit steps as needed, and save the new test.
Reducing duplication among many tests reduces the time you spend maintaining test scripts.
Testers typically receive many new software builds during a development cycle, often at an increasingly rapid rate toward the end of the cycle.
When a build contains a new feature or a fix that requires modifying the steps of a test, all of the tests that relate to the new feature or fix must be updated to reflect the change in the application under test. Although this update process is not difficult to manage when only a few tests require updating, when dozens (or hundreds) of tests are affected by changes to a commonly used area of the application under test, such as a login screen, updating can be very time-consuming. Eliminating or reducing the work that is required to keep many tests up to date can save you time for additional testing.
As you increase the efficiency of your testing effort, you can use the saved time to conduct additional tests. Rational Quality Manager can help you work more efficiently in each of the testing activities:
• Creating tests: Rational Quality Manager helps you to manage reusable content and use it in similar tests. As a result, you spend less time authoring tests.
• Running tests: Rational Quality Manager associates text to be typed in the application under test with an execution step. Rational Quality Manager also associates verification text with a test step, and then compares the comparison. Rational Quality Manager provides test data variables so that you can define a test once and run it many times to accommodate different data input values. These features save you time typing in the application under test, comparing actual to expected results, and testing different data values.
• Reporting test results: Rational Quality Manager provides customizable reports that reflect test result data from all phases of the project. These reports save time that you would have spent manually tabulating test results for reporting.
• Maintaining tests: Rational Quality Manager reduces the amount of required test maintenance by storing reusable content only once. As a result, you spend less time updating many similar tests.
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Run and Control Rational Performance Tester executions and Reports using a web browser - Part 1
Table of Contents
- Configure Web Reports
- Execution Control
- Display Report
- Export Data
- Customize Web Reports
Traditionally Rational Performance Tester execution is monitored, controlled and reports can be viewed in the workbench. Recently a new feature has been introduced that would allow the test execution be monitored, controlled, view reports, and export data if needed using a browser on another system. Reports can be customized as well.
This article explains how to configure, use web reports in Rational Performance Tester. This feature is being improved as new versions of RPT get released. This document refers to RPT v220.127.116.11. Customization of Reports would be discussed more in detail in Part 2 of this article.
Configure Web Reports
To enable web reports, go to RPT -> Window -> Preferences -> Test -> Performance Test Reports -> Web Reports -> select Allow remote access from a web browser check box.
For Non-secure web access, select No security is required to access reports check box. By default, the non-secure port number for web reports is 8080. If this port number is used by another service, you can provide another port number.
To provide security for web reports, select the Security is required to access reports check box.
To access reports remotely, on another computer, open a web browser and type http://host_name:port_number/RPTWeb/WebAnalytics/. To access a secured report, type https://host_name:port_number/RPTWeb/WebAnalytics/ and specify the login credentials if you have set it. The host name is the Rational Performance Tester workbench computer name and the port number is as specified in Windows > Preferences > Test > Performance Test Reports > Web Reports.
To control the schedule execution remotely using a browser, select Allow control of schedule execution from the web browser check box as shown in the image below.
When accessed remotely during execution of schedule, it appears similar to the screen below. Using this, it is possible to Change Number of Users, Manage Synchronization Points, Stop Test Run, Change Stage Duration and Change Log Level
Rational Performance Tester Web Reports can display Custom Reports, Protocol Independent Reports, Display Service Report, HTTP Reports, Socket Reports, TN3270 Reports and Selenium Execution Report
Under HTTP Reports - Page Performance Report you will find the following tabs.
Page Performance Report
Response Vs Time Summary
Server Health Summary
You can export reports in HTML format for others to view; export an entire run or specific counters to a CSV file for further analysis; or export report metadata (templates) so that other users can generate any custom reports that you have created.
You can also export the web-based charts as image.
If the default reports do not address your needs, you can create a new customized report.
Customizing Web Reports will be discussed more in detail in Part 2 of this article.
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Develop and Deploy Software in the Cloud with JazzHub- JazzHub, IBM's web application that enables users to collaborate with others to plan, track, and develop software in the cloud, is constantly evolving. In this session, Lauren Schaefer (a web developer for JazzHub) will walk you through JazzHub's latest and greatest features.
For a list of links mentioned during the webinar, visithttp://ow.ly/uq94k.
In this week's Meet the Peeps installation, we are off to Canada for an interview with Brennan Brazeau, technical support engineer and knowledge worker, who also has some intriguing ideas for future technology.
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Tell us a little about yourself: who are you, what is your role in Rational Client Support?
My name is Brennan Brazeau, and I work in IBM Canada as a Technical Support Representative in the security space of Rational.
How long have you been working for IBM and Rational?
I have been working with IBM for last 3 ½ years ever since the company I was working at, Watchfire, was acquired. Prior to that, I had been working for Watchfire for a whole 3 ½ weeks before the company was acquired!
Have you had any other roles in Rational?
I am a Knowledge Champion (KC) for my team.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working towards becoming a Knowledge Centered Support coach (KCS coach).
Describe a normal day for you.
A normal day consists of working on issues customers log with us in regard to our products, editing DCF documentation and playing the occasional ping pong game in the lunchroom.
Are you a gadget person? What type of gadgets do you use?
For being a techie person, not really. My cellphone is over 3 years old!
What is your favorite part of working for Rational Client Support?
Solving problems. On our team, we encounter a wide variety of issues and we always come across something different.
What inspires you in your work?
The clients. During conversations the most interesting stories come out. Such as the time a client almost punched Bill Gates in the face. By accident, of course.
In your spare time, if you have any, what hobbies or activities interest you?
Painting. It started off as a way to fill my blank walls, but I’ve continued on and have been creating some pieces for friends.
What is on your nightstand with regard to reading?
I always have 3 or 4 books on the go, but right now I’m reading How to Lose a War by Bill Fawcett, Son of Holmes by John Lescroart and Scott Pilgrim Vol 6 (Excitement level regarding upcoming movie - High)
What has been your biggest surprise you have witnessed in the technology industry?
That Facebook is still worth a kajillion dollars
Any new technologies that you think are about to break into the big time?
Database architecture and categorization. There’s an ever increasing amount of data being created and it needs to be sorted and stored somehow so it’s easy to get to.
What future technology would make your life easier?
Three words – Robot monkey butler.
What publications / websites do you read / visit?
Boingboing.net is a perennial favorite of mine, closely followed by Deviantart.com