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BizTalk LoadGen vNext – Your input solicited

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I’m doing a little groundwork for the team that is now developing and maintaining the BizTalk LoadGen tool. The team is planning for vNext and we would like to know from BizTalk developers what your thoughts are on features/functionality that could be added on. This will be added to the planning list and depending on demand, priorities, budget etc (all the usual balancing factors) it may turn up in the next version.

I’ll get the ball rolling here. One of the things that people have asked for in the past is a UI  to simplify adoption. Once you get familiar with the tool , the command line is all you need, which is the reason why the very early UI which you can see on a post by Richard Seroter was dropped. However, it may be useful to have some sort of UI to get people over the initial learning curve. But what kind of a UI should it be? The early UI was pretty much a simple property grid and a window to view the execution. Given that the XSD is available, it should be a simple matter for anyone writing a UI to plug a property grid that serializes out the XML. So is it worth the product team investing time in re-releasing a bog standard UI? How about wizards? Let me know and i’ll pass the info on.

BizUnit has LoadGen steps and the Performance Optimization Guide goes into a lot of detail on how to use BizUnit with LoadGen to test one of the BizTalk SDK end to end scenarios.

What other features would you like to see ? Do let me know via the comments on this post or the contact form and i’ll pass the requests on and keep you all updated.


Written by santoshbenjamin

May 3, 2010 at 8:54 PM

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  2. Hi Benjamin,
    I am a bit of fan of loadgen so i really pleased you are thinking of updating it. I used it a lot in my last project. I did not use seroter’s gui. I even had to get our testers to use it. They did not mind the command line. My biggest beef is documentation. It is really hard to understand. it would also be really good to be able to create different file names when you use randomiser to create different messages. it is a pain the way the file name is always the same. I’ll keep an eye out for the next version.
    Best regards mark

    mark brimble

    June 3, 2010 at 4:26 AM

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