10.3. Scripting Preparation

Before a single line of code can be written, or business process recorded, you need to make a few key decisions regarding whether physical- or virtual-user types are required, the specific tool sets to be used, and to what degree you require a certain subset of your stress-test environment to be “built out” so as to begin initial script development and testing.

10.3.1. Pros and Cons of Physical Users

Consider the following. If you ever wish to execute a business process more than once (e.g., in support of quarterly test runs), and do so in precisely the same manner every time, scripting saves the day. Why? Because scripting makes the business process or task that much more controllable or schedulable, and therefore ...

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