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LinkScan Recorder

Introduction

The LinkScan™ Recorder is a Windows feature that fully integrates with LinkScan and Microsoft Internet Explorer. [Unix users see below].

The Recorder may be used to capture real web browsing sessions, such as a complex order entry sequence. The captured recording includes all of the data entered into any associated forms. LinkScan may then be configured to replay the recording on demand, validating every link on each form and results page in the sequence.

Hence LinkScan and the LinkScan Recorder provide powerful and convenient capabilities for the rapid and comprehensive regression testing of complex transaction-based systems.

Applications

The principal applications of the LinkScan Recorder are:

  1. To capture user-sequences, such as an on-line shopping or purchase procedure. These are typically complex sequences that are time consuming to test regularly and comprehensively. They are also tend to be some of the most important pages on a website or Intranet application.

    Once a sequence has been recorded, you may use the LinkScan Recorder to replay it and display the results in an Internet Explorer Window. More importantly, LinkScan may be configured to automatically replay the same steps and validate every link on each page in the sequence.

  2. To capture cookies and pre-load those values into LinkScan's internal cookie jar at the commencement of a scan. This may be used to achieve user authentication or other effects. Note however, that you may need to capture new values before each scan if the cookies are session-based and/or have some built-in expiration.

  3. To capture special URL's that are used to define the start of a site scan. This is typically required when the site uses a login page and cookie arrangement for access control.

    Note: forms-based login procedures are completely different from HTTP authentication schemes. In the first case, users fill out a regular HTML form. In the latter case, the users browser presents an authentication challenge within a pop-up dialog box.

Using the LinkScan Recorder

Access the LinkScan Recorder by selecting the Recorder Tab on the main LinkScan Window. The LinkScan Recorder panel looks like this:

LinkScan Recorder

The upper half of the interface displays the links associated with the current recording together with a number of simple command buttons:

The lower half of the interface displays the cookies associated with the current selected link. The following buttons are available:

Note also that the LinkScan Browser Panel displays a button to indicate whether the LinkScan recorder is currently active (i.e. recording). Press the button to pause/restart the current recording session.

Saving a Recording to Disk

Once you have completed a recording, use the Save button to write the recording to disk. The Save (and Load) dialogs offer several options:

In all cases, the saved data are stored in plain ASCII text and may be edited using Windows Notepad or any other similar program.

Using a Saved Recording as Part of a Scan

You may turn this feature on and off by opening the Project Planning property sheet and selecting the Login Tab.

LinkScan Recorder and Unix Systems

The LinkScan Recorder is a Microsoft Windows application and does not run on Unix systems. A special distribution that permits LinkScan/Unix clients to install the Recorder on a Windows workstation is in preparation but not available at the time of writing. Email <linkscan@elsop.com> for the latest status and to request a copy when available.

Special Considerations

The following points are worthy of note and consideration:

  1. The data captured by the LinkScan Recorder includes POSTED form values that are normally invisible/hidden. The name-value pairs are represented using the special LinkScan URL convention based on the double question-mark. Hence forms utilizing the GET method are represented in the normal manner, for example:

    http://www.example.com/form.cgi?Name=John%20Doe&Country=USA

    Whereas, forms utilizing the POST method are represented thus:

    http://www.example.com/form.cgi??Name=John%20Doe&Country=USA

LinkScan Recorder
LinkScan Version 12.4
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