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Introducing NeoLoad 7.4

Author:

Tricentis Staff

Various contributors

What’s New in NeoLoad 7.4?

Command Line Interface

The Python CLI is a client to the runtime API of NeoLoad Web (SaaS or on-premise) that allows you to define and control a test from anywhere a Python command line is accessible. Using the Python CLI for NeoLoad is a simple and speedy approach for automating performance testing in CI pipelines.

For instance to:

  1. Install the CLI client
  2. Connect to your Neoload Platform (in the example, the default is our SaaS platform)
  3. Create and configure a test
  4. Associate a project file
  5. Run your test

All you need to do is:

The CLI can be combined with NeoLoad’s performance testing as-code capabilities in any of your automation environments.

A comprehensive documentation is available on the Neotys GitHub repository: https://github.com/Neotys-Labs/neoload-cli

Preconfigured popular CI pipeline examples (such as Jenkins, Azure Devops or GitLab) are also provided to get started even faster: https://github.com/Neotys-Labs/neoload-cli/tree/master/examples/pipelines

Filtering Result Values

When analyzing results in NeoLoad Web, you can filter Transactions, Pages and Requests by Zones, Populations and User Paths, to focus your analysis for greater accuracy.

Custom Fields for Raw Data

When exporting raw data for transactions from the NeoLoad Controller, you now can add custom fields to tell in which context the execution of the transaction occurred. As an example, you will not only see which specific transaction was slow but you can also see which data was used (example ContractID for each “Edit Contract” transaction).

See the tutorial on exporting contextualized raw data.

The following image illustrates an example of NeoLoad load testing data exported to an analytics platform:

Dynamic Infrastructure Improvements

Neotys adds Google GKE to the list of supported dynamic infrastructure providers for NeoLoad Web: OpenShift, Kubernetes, Microsoft AKS and Amazon EKS.

Also, NeoLoad Web now can launch tests using dynamic infrastructure even when the reservation feature is enabled on the account. In this case, you need to use auto-reservation, since planned reservations are not supported for dynamic infrastructure.

Dynamic zones settings are now more flexible and powerful allowing to switch from one cluster to another.

Tosca Integration v2.1

Support for Tricentis Tosca web tests has been enhanced with the automatic creation of a Neoload Transaction for each Tosca step in the converted testcase. With automated userpath update, when you make a change to your Tosca testcase, Neoload merges the new user path with the updated one, keeping all the changes you made to your initial NL userpath such as variables, loops, SLA and so on.

This version also brings support for Tosca 13.1 SP3.

Other Enhancements

  • Citrix improvement – Random popup, asynchronous notifications or potential warnings can interrupt your Citrix scenario. Neoload now manages these intermittent popups with a simple Fork action in your design.
  • NeoLoad Web Licensing improvement – A license now can be leased in parallel by two Controllers having the same hostname which may occur when starting Controllers in different Kubernetes pods.

Compatibility Notes

  • New project version – Projects designed with NeoLoad 7.4 can only be opened by NeoLoad 7.4 and more. It means that you need to upgrade your load generators to be able to run projects designed with this new release. Note that the new Load Generators will be able to run your older projects.
Author:

Tricentis Staff