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V1.2 became the current official StresStimulus version. The release targets support for more dynamic applications and ease of use.
This 2-part post is an updated, substantially expanded revision of the previous post reciting the beta features.
1. Cache Control section in the navigation tree. The Cache Control section allows configuring a mix of virtual users with respect to their browser cache and session management behavior. If cache control is enabled, it allows configuring:
If the cache control is disabled, StresStimulus emulates a case where:
2. Browser recorder add-on to create more accurate test cases. Click the "Record Test Case" button to launch Internet Explorer with the StresStimulus Recorder add-on. In IE, go to the tested website and finish navigating web pages. To skip recording of some pages, click "Pause". "Stop" will make the Recorder close IE and will set the test case automatically. Using the Recorder assures that test cases are complete and free from many errors.
3. An option to selectively clear browser cache in the Recorder to increase the accuracy and reliability of load testing. When the test case is recorded with a primed browser cache, not all relevant requests will be included into the test case. Additionally, if tracking cookies are cached before recording started, the test case may not correctly reflect handling of new website visitors. The recorder fixes these issue by automatically and selectively removing unwanted cached resources before recording a test case.
4. An option to clear browser cache for multiple domains. If the tested website references resources on multiple domains before recording the first test case, click "Cache" to configure "Clear Browser Cache" settings. Enter additional domains and click "OK" and select what resources you want to clear. Check the "Clear automatically" box to perform the same when the Recorder starts. You also can clear the entire browser cache by selecting "All".
5. Progress bar enhancement. When the test duration is set to a number of iterations, the progress bar displays a number of started and total allocated iterations side by side.
When the test duration is set to a certain time limit, the progress bar displays elapsed and total allocated time side by side.
Additionally, many buttons now incorporate meaningful images for better user experience.