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From "BOLB (Bohdan L Bodnar)" <>
Subject RE: GUI capture question
Date Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:31:49 GMT
I must not have been clear in the request.  The problem is that the login procedure consists
of almost 15 calls from the GUI to the server and when the web page opens there are about
30 calls to the server BEFORE the login procedure starts.  So, buried among all these calls
is the start and end time AS SEEN BY THE USER.  After the login there are about a dozen other
calls (the number varies depending on the user's credentials) before another activity I want
to flag occurs.  I want the proxy to capture the user's activities and have jmeter mark the
start and end time of each predetermined activity.  Summarizing:

1). GUI opens with numerous calls to the server.
2). User logs in - this generates numerous other calls.  The number of calls depends on the
3). Login procedure terminates; this generates several other calls.
4). I want to mark when login starts (from user's perspective) and when it finishes (from
user's perspective).

This is NOT a trivial GUI; hence, I want to know whether certain activity locations can be
marked.  I know commercial load generator tools have this capability (e.g., some of IBM's
Rational tools).  The alternative is to dig through the calls to understand the GUI/server


-----Original Message-----
From: sebb [] 
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2012 3:20 PM
To: JMeter Users List
Subject: Re: GUI capture question

On 13 September 2012 14:32, BOLB (Bohdan L Bodnar) <> wrote:
> I've a problem I'm hoping someone on the list may assist me with.  Here's the situation:
> I'm running jmeter's http proxy to capture user activity.  The activity consists of opening
a web page, a login, some manipulations, and then a logout.  The data is exported to a .csv
file.  The file includes each method called, latency time, and elapsed time and some other
parameters.  I want to be able to mark the start and end of each activity, as seen by the
user.  For example, during a login, the user finishes entering the name and password into
the GUI and then hits the "enter" key.  I want to have a "mark" showing the moment the "enter"
key is hit to the moment authentication is completed, as seen by the user.  Examining the
.csv file is difficult, as the start and end times require an in-depth understanding of the
methods that are called during these procedures (I don't have this knowledge).

The start time is when "enter" is pressed, i.e. just before the request is sent to the server.
Latency finishes when the first part of the response is received.
Elapsed time finishes when the complete response has been received.

> The best analogy I can think of is the following:  in embedded systems, this is equivalent
to having a logic analyzer capture the start and end time of a function call.
> Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
> Best regards,
> Bo
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