Using Rational Performance Tester Version 7

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: This is publication is now archived. For reference only.

Published 06 March 2008, updated 30 September 2008

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ISBN-10: 0738485675
ISBN-13: 9780738485676
IBM Form #: SG24-7391-00
(572 pages)

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Authors: David Chadwick, Chip Davis, Mark Dunn, Ernest Jessee, Andre Kofaldt, Kevin Mooney, Robert Nicolas, Ashish Patel, Jack Reinstrom, Kent Siefkes, Pat Silva, Susann Ulrich, Winnie Yeung


This IBM® Redbooks® publication is intended to show customers how Rational processes and products support and enable effective systems testing.

The book describes how performance testing fits into the overall process of building enterprise information systems. We discuss the value of performance testing and its benefits in ensuring the availability, robustness, and responsiveness of your information systems that fill critical roles for your enterprise.

Based on years of project experience, we describe the key requirements needed in performance testing tools and how the IBM Rational Performance Tester tool was developed to meet those requirements. We also walk through the choices that we made to steer the tool architecture into using an open source platform as its base with Java as its language to permit ubiquitous platform support.

This book is structured into two parts:

Understanding Rational Performance Tester
Applying Rational Performance Tester to enterprise application testing

Table of contents

Part 1. Understanding Rational Performance Tester
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Performance testing process
Chapter 3. Recording and test generation
Chapter 4. Test editing and augmentation
Chapter 5. Test playback and debugging
Chapter 6. Scheduling tests
Chapter 7. Results analysis and reporting
Chapter 8. Resource monitoring
Chapter 9. Application monitoring
Part 2. Applying RPT to enterprise application testing
Chapter 10. Scalability and test agents
Chapter 11. Testing SAP enterprise applications
Chapter 12. Testing Citrix application environments
Chapter 13. Testing with custom Java code
Chapter 14. Smart Bank: An example of dynamic workload implementation with RTP
Appendix A. Installation and licensing

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