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ATT and CGI/Perl
Does anybody know of any tools that cater for development using CGI/Perl ?
Our developers use the Get Command to populate the browser window hence the URL is never changed.
I tried Rationals Siteload Free 50 user trial and it definitely didn't cater for this as it thought I had only visited the one page = useless graphs/data returned.
Any Web Testers with postive experiences in using ATT ?
Which Ones and Why ?
Re: ATT and CGI/Perl
We use SIlkPerformer to load our site down.
I have been using ATT for about 3 years now. We use Segue since it fits our needs. A little pricey, but I have some smoking guns (read: Projects that bombed since we didn't do perf/load testing) that have proven its worth. As far as which ATT to use, there will be a billion answers for you to see and hear. I would say that you need to gague your needs as a company, and figure out what you goals for testing are. Once that has been done, then bring in the vendors for a demo. Make sure you choose the demo platform (i.e. Have them actually load your site, and check out what/how they did it, then extrapolate that to how you would really use it), and choose the tool that best suits your needs.
As far as dev on CGI/Perl.... I don't know of any dev envirnoment that lets you code to this (like MS Visual Studio, or some other COTS), but from the tester perspective, you don't really care what is on the backside. From a browser, it'll look like some generic web server. If you are looking for a dev enviroment to actually build code using CGI/Perl, I have to say that I don't know of any commercial toosl out there.
As with most things Perl, since its free, and you have the API's, and the debugger is included, you are pretty much on your own. I've done *some* coding with the Perl WWW libs. not too difficult. Very easy to get started to make GET/POST queries. The real deal is what you do with the response data.
I am getting the feeling that you are looking at building your own ATT using Perl?
Re: ATT and CGI/Perl
If you're looking for an IDE for perl, you might want to take a look at Komodo <http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Downloads/Komodo/More> from ActiveState. It's beta, but it looks interesting.
Personally, my perl ide environment is emacs and perl's builtin debugger.
If your CGI scripts use the CGI library, you can test them from the commandline.
If you're looking to test a perl CGI based web site, you can use any testing tool that meets your other needs.