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What's New for August 2021?

[GUI Functional] New browser added - Microsoft Edge 

In addition to Chrome and Firefox we’ve added Microsoft Edge. This is Chromium based Edge, which runs in Linux OS. Now you can run your GUI Functional tests in Microsoft Edge browser, which is already available on Public Locations.

For Private Locations, just select Microsoft Edge at Functionalities tab of Private location configuration. If you have auto update disabled for your Location, you will need to install the image manually.

New Browser Added - Microsoft Edge

 

[Mock Services] Export All Transactions in a Service to JSON

 

You can now export all Transactions that are under a specific service to a JSON file. You can also import all the Transactions that are in the Exported JSON file.

To learn more, see the documentation.

 

 

[API Monitoring] [API Testing & Monitoring] API Monitoring Test Results API Enhanced to include Subtests Details

In BlazeMeter API Monitoring tests, Subtest steps can run other BlazeMeter API Monitoring tests as part of a test run. This is useful for reusing tests that perform common functionality like generating a new access token, setup/teardown or creating suites or groups of tests.


The Test Results API has been enhanced to also list the total number of Subtests, the number of Subtests passed and failed and details of each Subtest step including the name, result, Test Ids and start and end times.

 API Monitoring Test Results API Enhanced to include Subtests Details

What's New for July 2021?

[Performance/Taurus] Automation Enhancement: Fail tests against the Baseline when running from Taurus

One of the most useful things about having a baseline to compare with, and fail the test in comparison to it (baseline-based failure criteria), is to have more accurate failures when automating your tests. 

If you are automating your BlazeMeter tests via Taurus (running on the Cloud), now you can define baseline-based failure criteria in the YAML and have your test fail automatically in BlazeMeter. 

Check out BlazeMeter documentation to learn more about this feature. 

Automation Enhancement 

 

[Mock Services] Helper Wizards for Request Matching and Dynamic Response Creation

The help wizards for XPath and JSON Path help you generate XPaths and JSON Paths for request matchers in a transaction so you don't have to enter the path manually. Just specify what type of value to match in tree-based selection fields and the path is generated for you.

The help wizard for responses helps you create dynamic values (Magic Strings) in the response content. The information is pulled from the request and rendered on the response so you don't have to worry about entering the syntax manually. 

Check out the docs to learn more.

 

[Mock Services] Cloning Transactions

 

You can now clone Transactions that are under a specific service to a new service. You can also find and replace a specific text in Transactions while cloning. Moreover, you can create a Mock Service that contains all the transactions that have been cloned.

Check out the docs to learn more. 

 

[Mock Services] OpenShift Support for BlazeMeter Agent for Kubernetes

Mock Services now support the OpenShift Container Platform web console. You can create a new project, create a role for an agent and deploy the agent using OpenShift. You can then deploy Mock Services to your Private location as usual.

Check out the docs to learn more.

 

[Mock Services] Rename or Delete a Service

If you are a workspace manager or an administrator, you can now rename and delete services. See the docs for more info.

 

[Mock Services] Dependency on SV Bridge Component Removed for BlazeVSE

We removed the dependency on SV Bridge component for BlazeVSE. You don't need to enable SV Bridge anymore unless you want to use that bridge to connect to enterprise SV. More info here.

What’s new for June 2021?

[GUI Functional testing/Taurus] Added ability to pass browser options via YAML file

During GUI Functional testing, you may need to configure your browser for specific cases, like emulating mobile devices in the browser, or emulating web cameras and many more. This can be achieved by passing appropriate browser options/arguments, or even experimental options. The Taurus YAML file syntax now allows you to pass such options to the browser: https://gettaurus.org/docs/Selenium/#Browser-Options

[GUI Functional testing] New browser versions now available 

We’ve added new browser versions including Chrome version 90, and Firefox version 88. These versions are set as default.

New browser versions now available

What’s new for May 2021?

[Performance / Functional] Quick search for tests and reports

We’ve added a new Search field to Performance and Functional tabs! Now you can quickly search within the tab for tests and reports by their name, without having to go through “Show All Tests” or “Show All Reports” side bars.  

The field will display top 5 recently updated tests, and top 5 recently executed reports that match your search. To see the full list of tests or reports, click on “Show All Results” which will open the full list in a sidebar.

Looking for a more complex search, a way to find a test created by a specific user or during the last month? Stay tuned; We will add advanced search options to this field soon.

 

[Taurus / Performance Testing] K6 and Vegeta executors added

Taurus has added new executors: K6 and Vegeta. Now you can run your K6 and Vegeta scripts in BlazeMeter.

 

[Taurus / Performance Testing] MQTT protocol support added

Taurus has added support for the MQTT protocol. Now you can load test your IoT product with BlazeMeter.

 

"Disk Out of Space" Alert for Private Locations

Software updates require free disk space to be installed, and now you can get an alert and take action before free disk space drops below a threshold of your choice. To create an Agent alert, go to the Alerts page in Workspace Settings menu, and create a new alert. Like Test alerts, the notification channels for Agent alerts are Email, Slack, or both. Once an Agent alert is defined, you will be notified in case any agent in any private location in your workspace goes below the threshold.

For more details, see the documentation.

 

[API Monitoring] Enhanced Authentication for Client Certificates in API Monitoring Tests

We have enhanced the PEM-encoded Client Certificates based authentication, for API Monitoring Tests, to also accept a key file or a passphrase. 

You can optionally set up the passphrase as a Secret at the team or bucket level using the Secrets Management feature. This ensures that the passphrase need not be shared with every member of the team and is also not visible in Tests. This ties together two powerful features within BlazeMeter API Monitoring, designed to monitor your secure APIs and keep your API Tests secure.

 

 

Check out the docs to learn more. Requires a qualifying plan. Contact Sales to add Client Certificates support to your account.

 

[Performance Testing] Comparing performance tests to a Baseline

Comparison capabilities in performance testing are now enhanced with the option to define a Baseline for a test. Defining a test run as a baseline helps testers make sure the application performance remains stable as code changes. 

A test run can be defined as a Baseline from the (redesigned) test history tab, or from the report itself:

 

 

Once a baseline is defined, following test runs will be compared to the baseline, making it easier to identify degradations and bottlenecks, finding the related changes in code, and quickly taking actions to resolve them. You will find comparison data in the report Summary and in the Request Stats tab: 

 

 

The Compare Report page and the Trend Charts tab in the test will display a visual representation of the comparison to the baseline.

BlazeMeter also helps you automate the decision making process, by allowing you to configure the failure criteria Threshold as a deviation from the baseline, so that test runs that significantly deviate from the baseline will automatically be marked as "Failed". To do that, check the “Use from Baseline” checkbox in the failure criteria section in the test, submit the deviation you are willing to accept, and the Threshold will automatically be calculated based on your selection. 

 

 

Watch a brief demo on the Baseline Comparison feature:

For more information, see the documentation.

 

[Mock Services] Inspection View for Transaction-Based Mock Services

Understanding which requests and responses were handled by your Mock Services is critical in cases when there is a need to debug why certain requests were or were not returned by a Mock Service. BlazeMeter Mock Services now provide an "Inspection view" for transaction-based Mock Services, which displays details about recent traffic handled by a specific Mock Service.

You can now quickly identify specific requests by full-text search and display corresponding response details. The Inspection view also includes responses served by real service in case of “redirect to live system” no match mode is selected. Such responses from live system can be saved as new transactions and pushed to the running Mock Service directly from the Inspection view screen.

For more information, see the documentation.

 

[Mock Services] Filter Mock Services by Status

Mock Services view now provides a “Filter by Status” option which helps in cases where there are many Mock Services defined. By using this filter option, it is easy to display a subset of Mock Services based on a certain status. For example, you can display only Mock Services that are running or stopped. More details here.

 

[Mock Services] Display Historical Reports for BlazeMeter VSE Mock Services

Reporting for Mock Services running on BlazeMeter VSE now gives you the option to display reports for Mock Services that were previously running, but are now no longer available. This is useful if there is a need to display historical reports for Mock Services that were deleted. However, it is still important to understand how many transactions they handled or what were their hits per second characteristics.

To use this functionality, simply open a new analytics tab, define the desired time period and select "Mock Service" from the list of available Mock Services that were running in that particular timeframe. More details here.

 

[Mock Services] Export Reports to PNG or PDF 

It is a very common need to share reports with others or store them for your own reference. Reports for Mock Services running on BlazeMeter VSE can be now exported and downloaded as PNG images or PDF documents. More details here.

 

[Mock Services] Download vse_matches Logs from BlazeMeter UI

It is possible to download vse_matches logs for a selected BlazeMeter VSE directly from the Environments screen. More details here.

[Mock Services] BlazeMeter VSE Support for Istio

You can now use Istio to help route Ingress traffic into the desired pod in containers and the cluster. More details here.

 

 

What’s new for April 2021?

[JMeter] Fixed Parallel controller plugin for JMeter versions > 5.2

Parallel controller plugin now compatible with latest versions of JMeter.

Issue link: https://bz.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=64618


[GUI Functional testing] Location and browsers configuration is now available on a Test Suite level

After grouping individual GUI Functional tests into a Test Suite you may want to change location and browsers on a Test Suite level, so that all of the tests inside a Test Suite are executed on the same location and browsers. Previously, you would change location and browsers for each of the tests in a Suite.

Setting a location and browsers for a Test Suite will not affect individual test configuration. In other words, you may have different location and browsers set on individual test level and on Test Suite level.


[GUI Functional testing] New browser versions now available 

We’ve added new browser versions including Chrome version 90, and Firefox version 88 - these versions are set as default.


[API Monitoring] Secrets Management at the Bucket Level

We have enhanced the API Monitoring Secrets Management feature to also support secrets at the bucket level. Each bucket can now have secrets that are not shared with other buckets. Secrets specified at a bucket level can only be used by Tests in that bucket. 

 

Secrets specified at the team level can continue to be used by Tests in all buckets. Check out the docs to learn more. Requires a qualifying plan.

 

[API Monitoring] Test Notifications now support Emails to Distribution Lists or Non-Member Emails

We have enhanced email notifications for API Monitoring Tests to also support sending notifications to email distribution lists or non-member emails. 

First the owner of a team must specify a whitelist of email domains (e.g. mycompany.com,xyz.com) in the Team Settings and Usage page. This ensures that only emails that belong to admin-approved domains can be added to buckets to receive test notifications.

Bucket owners can navigate to the Bucket Settings page and add one or more distribution lists or non-member emails that can then be used by every API Test within that bucket.

 

The Email Notifications section of each API Test in the bucket will display all the distribution lists or non-member emails specified for that bucket. Test owners can select one or more of these emails or distribution lists to be notified.

Check out the docs to learn more. Requires a qualifying plan. Contact Sales to add Custom Email Notifications to your account.

 

[Mock Services] Search transaction by ID

Searching for a particular Mock Services transaction is a very common task. You need to find the right one in order to edit its response, and add it to your running Mock Service, or to double-check whether it is part of your Mock Service template or not.

Up until today, you could only search transactions by name or tag. However, a transaction name could be long and complex and the tags may not be unique. On the other hand, a transaction ID is unique and short. BlazeMeter now enables you to search transactions by transaction ID.

 

 

[Test Data Management] Share test data models within workspace

Test data models defined in Scriptless tests are now re-usable between Scriptless tests and no longer tied to one particular test. With the ability to save and open the test data model, you can now save the test data model in your workspace and load it into a different test within the same workspace.

 

[Test Data Management] Export/Import test data models

You can now export test data models into files, store them in an external system and let other teams import them into their workspaces.

 

[Test Data Management] Download generated data as CSV file

Every test data model can be now downloaded as a CSV file, even before the test is executed. You can review generated data in a CSV file, make adjustments where needed, or use this CSV file as test data input for your other tests.

 

[Test Data Management] Integration with Broadcom Test Data Manager Find & Reserve feature

In many cases, test data may be already seeded in a database within your test environment. You can now use the integration with Broadcom Test Data Manager (TDM). Find & Reserve models defined in your TDM can be linked to BlazeMeter Scriptless tests including the ability to provide specific search query criteria to narrow down your test data sets. Prior to the test execution, the BlazeMeter Scriptless test retrieves test data from the database via TDM according to the Find & Reserve model and criteria specification.