Has anyone used Silk Performer as a load testing tool for client server application? I have worked previously on a web application and was able to customize the scripts.
I am not aware of the methodolgy to be used for client server type of application.
Any help in this regard would be greatly appreciated.
Not sure what you are asking as a web application is essentially the same thing, you access the web through a client machine to a web server (i.e. client/server). Does this application involve mid tier apps or hardware? It would help if you were a little more specific. [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
The Response obtained from the server is in xml format. So I am not able to customize the scripts. Also in the replay mode, only some characters(binary)are displayed and it does not display the screens when run in animated mode as in case of a web application.
It is possible to capture, manipulate, and modify xml in SP. But I think what you need to ask first is, what is the communication method used between the client (end-user) and the server. Is it an explorer shell? Or is it a custom in house GUI? If it's a custom in house GUI, then you might be able to add the GUI to the list of application profiles under the system settings. You need to know the protocol used to communicate and it needs to be supported by SP. Essentially you configure the SP recorder to work as a proxy between the custom GUI and the server so it can capture the traffic. You should be able to then see what's happening in the script and modify it accordingly for playback.
As for displaying the screeens in playback mode, that's the way it works with XML responses. You just need to live with it and work harder to identify things to parse, verify, etc.
Look in the help file at WebXML functions and also XML, there's a whole lot there.