• 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: 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

  • 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

  • Preparing Applications For Heavy Load (online webinar replay)

    Posted on September 5, 2013 by Admin

    On 8/22/13, we hosted a webinar on “Preparing Applications for Heavy Load”. HP’s Performance Evangelist, Wilson Mar, and Scott Moore, CEO of Northway Solutions Group, reviewed the importance of Performance Test planning and strategies to reduce the risk of your application failing under “point load” – expected or unexpected. We discussed:

    What’s needed to be sure your online application crash is not in the news
    Resources required to effectively test your applications
    What tool provides the most robust testing platform Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner 11.5 – AJAX TruClient For IE

    Posted on June 22, 2012 by Admin

    With the move to LoadRunner 11.5, there have been updates and changes to the AJAX TruClient protocol. More specifically, there have been improvements and modifications for using it with FireFox as well as a new addition in way of support for Internet Explorer 9 with the AJAX TruClient protocol.

    Firefox Enhancements

    With the release of Firefox 8 in November of 2011, Loadrunner 11.5 takes advantage of the improvements that are brought to the table by Mozilla. These items include improved audio and video elements, and other HTM Read Entire Entry

  • LoadRunner 11.5 – VuGen Revamped

    Posted on June 20, 2012 by Admin

    New Vugen Platform: SharpDevelop
    To say that the look and feel of VuGen received a makeover in LoadRunner 11.5 would be somewhat of an understatement. It is a total rework from the ground up. The biggest change is the move from LCC and the GNU Pre-processor engine to the SharpDevelop platform. This has to do with what the custom (HP) code for VuGen sits upon for compilation. This in and of itself warrants a healthy discussion and a separate blog entry. It appears this move affords HP a little more benefit to add additional features Read Entire Entry

  • What’s New in LoadRunner 11.5

    Posted on June 5, 2012 by Admin

    HP has officially announced the release of Loadrunner 11.5, and with it come a bevy of changes. The most immediately noticeable of these is a major retooling of the look and feel of VuGen.

    Over the coming days, we’ll be breaking down and reviewing some of these changes in a couple of blog postings. Here is an overview of some of the major changes you can expect:

    New and Improved VuGen – The whole look and feel of VuGen has been revamped here to include much more modular panes and viewing ability. While there are a handful Read Entire Entry

  • What makes a good Performance Engineer?

    Posted on October 8, 2004 by Admin

    Note: This article was originally posted on, and has been migrated to the Northway web site to maintain the content online.
    I was asked recently to describe in my own words what qualities a good performance engineer would have, as they were trying to make a decision on hiring a resource for their company. I came up with some stuff and thought it might be good to share it with you and offer it up as a discussion topic in the Forums for the site. Perhaps you can add your own input and help businesses make informed hiring Read Entire Entry

  • Performance Engineering Skills: Raising The Bar

    Posted on November 23, 2003 by Admin

    Note: This is an article originally written by James Pulley for 11/23/2003 and has been migrated to the Northway Solutions Group web site.
    It is unfortunately clear that everyday more and more people enter our quality assurance profession with very little software architecture of engineering background to draw from. This is bad enough on the functional side, but is getting darn near catastrophic on the performance side. And, by the way, this is for all vendors, not just Mercury. It just may be more apparent here due to Read Entire Entry