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Does SilkPerformer 2008 support the Z39.50 protocol?

Does SilkPerformer 2008 support the Z39.50 protocol?

Z39.50 is a computer-to-computer communications protocol designed to support the searching and retrieval of information in a distributed network; it is widely used in library environments. Data may be in the form of full-text documents, bibliographic data, images and multimedia.

Currently SilkPerformer 2008 does not provide either record or replay support for the Z39.50 protocol.

However; for various reasons many organisations choose to layer this protocol over TCP/IP. If the protocol is used in this way, then it may be possible to record it at TCP/IP level. The normal constraints apply when testing against any custom TCP/IP protocol. For example, it is not always practical to test some protocols at TCP/IP level when the traffic is partially or completely encrypted, or not understandable by a human reader.

For further information on this please see the knowledge base article "What should I consider when deciding whether it will be possible to load test an application using TCP/IP functions?"

Alternatively it may be possible to use a GUI Level approach to test applications that use the Z39.50 protocol. GUI Level testing utilises SilkTest, Borland’s Functional Testing tool, to record user interaction and drive the client on replay in the same way as a real-world user.

For further information and advice on GUI Level testing; please review the following KB article: How can I loadtest an application if I am unable to record at the protocol level?


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