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  • Northway Interviews Perfbyte’s James Pulley

    Posted on May 15, 2014 by Admin

    James Pulley Interview
    Many people in the IT world know James Pulley as a thought leader regarding performance testing. We recently had a chance to catch up with James and ask him some questions about his views on the performance testing industry, as well as his involvement in the online show Perfbytes.

    Northway: How did you get involved with performance testing?

    James: On April 1, 1996 I joined Mercury Interactive as  pre-sales system’s engineer.   Prior to that, I had worked for several other vendors, including Microsoft a Read Entire Entry

  • Buzzword Bingo Card Update For HP Discover 2014

    Posted on May 12, 2014 by Admin

    Buzzword Bingo?
    Yep, kids, it’s that time again. The HP Discover conference in Las Vegas June 10-12 is just about here. We love to have fun at the conference, and one way to do that is to lighten up a bit! Do you ever notice as you attend multiple sessions, there tends to be key words and phrases mentioned throughout the conference? These are the hot topics of the year, and many presenters like to include as many of these “buzz words” to grab the ear of as many attendees as possible.

    Ever year, we put together a new list of Read Entire Entry

  • Northway Solutions Group Attends StarEast 2014

    Posted on May 7, 2014 by Admin

    A Day At StarEast 2014 – 05/07/2014
    Northway Solutions Group attended StarEast in Orlando today. The keynote by Randy Rice was interesting. Randy spoke about using principles before practices. Grasping the principle is more important than just jumping into practice. Without understanding principles, they tend to be misapplied.

    In the general session, the topic was about “Testing in the Age of Distraction”, meaning Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and other distractions we testers face while while trying to be productive. It’s important t Read Entire Entry

  • Using C Macros in LoadRunner Vugen

    Posted on May 5, 2014 by Admin

    Introduction to C Macros
    C macros aren’t  discussed a lot by HP LoadRunner users, yet they are at the core of the C programming language used in VUGen. They can provide flexibility and power that reduces script development and maintenance times. A good example would be where a function cannot be used to encapsulate reusable code blocks because something in the code block must be known at compile time instead of at run time. In this case, there would be a global variable accessed within the code block, but the name of the variable Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner 12: New Licensing

    Posted on April 28, 2014 by Admin

    Community License
    Probably one of the biggest changes to the product is HP’s new “Community License Bundle”. This replaces the old “Instant-on License” where HP LoadRunner would work with 10 users for a limited amount of time. This new bundle includes 50 Vusers, but it excludes Vusers for the GUI (UFT integration), COM/DCOM, and template protocols. Template protocols include C, JAVA, JavaScript, VB and VB Script, C#/C++.NET and VB .NET Vuser (Visual Studio Add-in), Enterprise Java Beans (EJB), VB.NET Vuser (Visual Studi Read Entire Entry

  • What Blog Article Topics Would You Like To Read About?

    Posted on April 25, 2014 by Admin

    We want to know what our readers would like to see on our blog.  We’re currently taking suggestions and ideas from our readers. Send in your suggestions by filling out the Contact Us page form. We’ll pick a winner and send them a $25 Amazon gift card, and write up an article based on their suggestion. Deadline for entries is May 18, 2014. Remember to include your correct contact information so that if you win we can get in touch with you to send you your gift. Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner 12: Manage Cloud Load Generators

    Posted on April 21, 2014 by Admin

    In our last blog article, we went through setting up an Amazon AWS account for EC2, and configuring AWS and LoadRunner in preparation for using Load Generators from the Cloud. At this point, we are ready to use them in a load test scenario.

    Let’s first look at using an existing machine. I installed a Micro instance of Windows 2012 Server (Standard Edition) in EC2. It’s really slow and won’t do much. HP does not recommend a Micro account, so keep in mind we’re only trying to demonstrate the features at this time. Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner 12: Configuring Cloud Load Generators

    Posted on April 14, 2014 by Admin

    Let’s explore using Load Generators from the Amazon EC2 Cloud in LoadRunner 12.  Many people have asked me about it, wondering about any “gotcha’s” that might be out there. I have found a couple. In this blog entry, I want to focus on the configuration and setup of LoadRunner. There is quite a bit to consider.

    First, set up an account instance on Amazon EC2. I was able to set up a free account with a Micro instance of a Windows 2012 Standard machine in less than thirty minutes.  However, using the Micro instance is no Read Entire Entry

  • Modify Your Northway Navigator Club Email Preferences

    Posted on April 3, 2014 by Admin

    By signing up to the Northway Navigators Club, you have the option to receive emails when we posts new blog articles. We realize there may be times when you want to alter these settings, or unsubscribe from emails we send out altogether. Here is the process for that:

    Go to the main blog page:  http://northwaysolutions.com/blog/
    Sign in if you aren’t already signed in
    Look on the right for Member Profile:Click “Edit your profile”
    Scroll to the bottom of that profile page and you should see this:
    Click on th Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner 12: Step-By-Step Installation

    Posted on April 2, 2014 by Admin

    This is a visual walk-through of the LoadRunner 12 installation screens. This will allow you to preview installation so that you can know what to expect.

    After selecting the option to install the software, the following screens are presented:

    You may need to unblock the ports within the Windows Firewall so the LoadRunner Agent can run on the machine:

    Once installed, you should see the Community license bundle:

    If you are installing a stand-alone Generator, there is a choice for Performance Cen Read Entire Entry