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eValid Terminology Glossary

By Edward Miller,
President, Software Research, Inc.,
San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.


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Technical terms relating to eValid capabilities, operation, and application are shown below in alphabetic order. This document is a work in process. New terms may be added from time to time.

3D SiteMap: A graphical presentation of a Web site which has been analyzed.

Bandwidth: The aggregate amount of maximum bandwidth of all tests in the scenario. For example, if 25 tests are run in parallel each at 22 Kbps maximum bandwidth, then the overall bandwidth is 550 Kbps. If one or more tests is run without any limit, then the bandwidth of that Scenario is the same as the natural bandwidth of the channel on which it is run.

Base Page: One HTML or otherwise created WebSite element, typically corresponding to one file on the WebSite. Only refers to the HTML document itself, not including Web Page elements (images, applets, etc).

Batch File: A file containing a series of commands to be executed. A batch file is normally used to automate a multi-step process into one single execution.

Broken Links: Links which refer to pages that are found not available when requested during a site analysis.

Browser Protocols: In site analysis, a special set of rules or guidelines that are followed by the browser when it makes a connection.

Command Line Switches: Added parameters to eValid when invoked from the command line to control and produce a desire output.

Dependent Site: In some cases a page download involves retrieving components from more than one WebSite, the dependent site. For example, a base page can refer to an image or other element taken from an alternative dependent site.

Duty Cycle: The percentage of time a test takes with no delays vs. the total time the test takes including all included "think time" delays.

Elapsed Time: Total Elapsed Time displayed in the Log Files.

eVLite: An alternative playback engine which which is able to playback any eValid script with limited fidelity. It is designed to generate a workload of up to 1000 users per copy. See the eVLite Documentation for additional details.

Exclude URLs File: A file which contains the URLs or keywords which are excluded from the Site Analysis process. This could be logout URLs, large files, etc.

Extrinsic: A recording that involves some kinds of external input, e.g. manual editing, to include commands that do not usually result for the user interacting with the eValid browser.

Fidelity: Degree of accuracy in replaying a playback script. A playback can be FULL (full browser mode), TEXT (text only) or URL fidelity (URL only).

Form Test Wizard: The standard test produced by a eValid wizard that exercises all parts of an HTML FORM. This is the test that would very likely be created by a manual tester recording a "full exercise" of all of the fields and options (radio buttons, push buttons, etc.) on a single WebSite page. It has "standard" playback modes that detect various kinds of errors and report them to the user.

Full Browser Mode: Mode where the entire page is fully downloaded and rendered.

HTML Monitor: An HTML page displaying the results of the current loadtest being executed. It provides the user with run count information as well as timing data from the LoadTest.

Intrinsic Recording: A recording made using natural recording is said to be intrinsic if it does NOT involve use of any recorded actions that do NOT result from direct browser interaction. Otherwise it is extrinsic.

Link Test Wizard: The standard test produced by a eValid wizard that checks all links from a page. This is the test that would very likely be created by a manual tester recording a "full exercise" of all of the links on a single WebSite page.

LoadTest Script: eValid has the capability of invoking eValid from within a script and when the script does this it is called a LoadTest script.

Lock/Unlock: A command which, when executed prevents other instances of eValid from gaining focus. This command is usually used when there are two or more eValid browsers requiring focus to execute a command.

Modal Dialog: A type of WebSite response that produces a window that takes control and does not give up control until the user takes some action. Examples include popups that ask for an OK before collapsing.

Normal Background Mode: Mode of site analysis where pages are mapped and images are checked but not downloaded.

NT Service: Allows eValid to be able to run without the current user having to log on and invoke eValid.

Object-Mode: WebSite elements are treated as objects with respect to their handling and interpretation by the eValid engine.

OffSite Page: A page not in the WebSite that is referenced somehow by the WebSite.

Oops Page: A page on a WebSite that is delivered in lieu of simply letting the "404" error code cause the browser to throw a "broken page" image. An oops page probably has to be searched for using a string match on some site specific phrase.

OnSite Page: A page or file that is used or accessible within the WebSite.

Orphan Files: Files that are currently residing on a server but cannot be accessed through a web browser because there are no pages which refer to these pages.

OverTime Alarm: A command issued in the script to set a value, which when exceeded issues an alarm message with user specified text.

Performance Chart: Graphical representation of event log data in the Performance Log.

Performance Log: Data extracted from the Performance Log which can assist in the analysis of how a sequence of one or more pages are downloaded from the server to the client side browser.

Performance Test: A Type of test conducted to measure & analyze how quickly a page and its components are downloaded from the server.

Playback Only Thin Client: A smaller version of eValid which also has a smaller execution footprint designed to playback only LoadTest scripts to maximize the number of eValid copies running on one machine.

Quick Background Mode: Mode for site analysis where both the page and the images in a page are mapped.

Real Time Recording: WebSite activity is recorded or played with timing (for load simulation purposes) to nearest 1.0 msec. Only playback mode timing is implemented at this time.

RealTime Recording: Records a script with Wait commands to simulate actual times taken to complete a recording.

Registry Settings:eValid preferences as well as user profiles are saved in the registry settings.

Rep Count (Test Depth): The maximum number of times a single test is repeated in a LoadTest Scenario.

ResetTimer: Resets all eValid Timers to 0.

Scenario Width: The maximum number of parallel executions in a LoadTest Scenario.

Serve Type: The ability of eValid to render pages as text or simply return the base page, excluding unnecessary files such as *.css, *.js, etc.

Server: A server is the computer program (housed in a computer) that serves requested HTML pages or files by the client.

Singleton Test: An "atomic" test, i.e. a fixed set of actions that does something for which PASS or FAIL calculation by SMARTS is worthy of noting and recording.

SpotCheck Test: Tests and verifies a specific part of a page for unexpected changes.

Timer Alarms: A command which when executed can send email messages should a specified threshold be exceeded. This is commonly used when monitoring websites.

Timing Chart: Graphical presentation of the Timing Log.

Timing Log: Data extracted from the Event Log which contains all the timing data obtained during script playback.

Total Time: Total time it takes for one script to complete playback.

Validate All Text in Page Wizard: The standard test produced by an eValid wizard that records for validation of all the text on a page. This test would be equivalent to the one produced by a human tester visiting each separate test passage and manually asking eValid to Validate Selected Text for all of the text in the page.

Wait Ceiling: Maximum Wait Time Specified in the Preferences.

Wait Multiplier: The number by which a wait time is multiplied during script playback. "Real Time" mode is achieved with a [default value] delay multiplier of 1.0. "As Fast As Possible" is achieved with a delay multiplier of 0.0.

Wait: Elapsed Time recorded from one command to the next.

Web Spider: A program which scans pages or websites by following each link and generates various information based on the type of search conducted.

WebPage Segment: A passage of text only information, represented as a string, within the internal representation of the page.

WebPage: One HTML or otherwise created WebSite element, typically corresponding to one file on the WebSite. Includes all elements (images, applets, etc).

WebSite: The WWW site of interest, either local or accessed over the WWW. A collection of related WebPages.

Windows Scheduler: A windows utility which allows user to configure and run a specific task or application within the specified date and time.

Source: http://www.soft.com/eValid/.../definitions.html

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