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Released: Silk Performer 18.5

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Silk Performer 185.pngMicro Focus proudly announces: Silk Performer 18.5 is released! If you already use Silk Performer and you have a maintenance contract, you can upgrade to Silk Performer 18.5 for free.

Silk Performer is the one stop performance testing tool, which takes pressure from you by adding load to your application. Silk Performer allows you to create realistic load tests with up to hundreds of thousands of virtual users running across a broad range of enterprise application environments, including mobile and the latest web 2.0 technologies.

Silk Performer introduces significant enhancements with version 18.5. Here's an overview of the feature highlights:

Feature Highlights

Developing Performance Tests Using Visual Studio and C#

Creating Tests with Visual Studio - Blog graphic 3.pngThe Silk Performer Visual Studio extension allows you to develop performance tests in Microsoft Visual Studio. It offers functionality to record web technologies, supporting both the protocol-level as well as the browser-driven approach. The recording functionality of the Visual Studio extension resembles the one of the Silk Performer Workbench and includes capturing web traffic and user interactions. The captured information can be converted into a C# class including methods, each representing a user transaction.

The Visual Studio extension offers a comprehensive C# binding for all kernel, web, and browser API functions. Thus, it combines the rich development feature set of Visual Studio, including all debugging features, with the powerful load testing capabilities of Silk Performer, including capture file recording and TrueLog analysis.

Read: Creating Tests with Visual Studio

Extended Browser Support for Imported Functional Tests

In the previous release, Silk Performer has introduced functionality to reuse your functional tests for performance testing (Functional Tests for Load Testing). For browser-driven tests, Silk Performer now also supports Internet Explorer, Edge, and mobile browsers, additionally to Firefox, Chrome, and PhantomJS. The import wizard generates the required code for either multi or single session GUI-level testing.

Browser-driven Web Load Testing Enhancements

This release includes the following new features for the Browser Application: You can now use the F12 key to inspect DOM elements, so the F12 key behaves just like the Pause/Break key. Additionally, the Browser Application now uses the size parameters of the BDL function BrowserStart: When -1 is specified for the width and height, the Browser Application opens in full screen mode.

CloudBurst Enhancements

Silk Performer offers a new CloudBurst region: You can now use the cloud agents that are located in London for your CloudBurst load tests. In addition, CloudBurst offers some more new functionality: CloudBurst agents now have a unique name following the structure ecs-<IP address>.cloudburstagents.com. For example: ecs-54-78-155-88.cloudburstagents.com. Also, CloudBurst agents are part of the domain cloudburstagents.com and are now equipped with a valid TLS certificate, which facilitates tasks like defining firewall exceptions.

Usability Enhancements

This Silk Performer release again offers a number of usability enhancements: (1) The Java home path can be defined in the Silk Performer profile settings. If this path is not correct, the default Java home path of the operating system is used instead. (2) In TrueLog Explorer, you can now hide all TrueLog sections using the TrueLog filter. This enhancement is particularly useful when your TrueLog sections contain only one node each. In such a case, the sections do not provide a particular benefit, since TrueLog sections are primarily intended to combine logically related nodes to provide a tidy and clear tree. (3) The names for Silk Performer projects can now be up to 50 characters long. (4) The Responsiveness measure has been refined for Citrix load tests. 

More information

  • For more information on all features of Silk Performer, you can also refer to the Online Help.
  • Another valuable source of information: the Silk Performer 18.5 Release Notes.
  • If you are already convinced and want to buy Silk Performer, don't hesitate to contact us: Go to microfocus.com and click Contact Us on the top right.

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