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Thursday, March 3, 2:30 pm ET, 1:30 pm CT, 11:30 am PT

Register at - http://bit.ly/1QtxlKu

 

If you’re an existing Service Virtualization (SV) user and looking for new ways to leverage SV this event maybe of interest to you.

We will be showing how CA Continuous Application Insight (CAI) can be used in conjunction with SV to make regression tests more agile by auto-discovering APIs and related features.

Topics covered will include –

  • Changes to web sites - static to dynamic
  • Why create tests that follow the user journey
  • Understanding the generated data and how it is handled
  • Generating dynamic tests that follow the user journey
  • Demo document transactions and functional tests

Chris Krause and Nathan Devoll will conduct the presentation.

replay available here http://www.ca.com/us/lpg/webcast-series/Accelerate-Application-Delivery-Webcast-Channel.aspx?commid=196291&utm_source=br…

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Once a month we'll shine our virtual spotlight on one of the CA DevTest community's members. It's just a fun, easy way for us to get to know one another a little bit beyond our work-related interactions here on the site. This month, we're featuring, Marcy Nunns Sr Support Engineer, CA Technologies.

 

Attached photos are Marcy, and one of her dog Oliver.

 

Location: Plano, TX

Current Gig:  Technical Support for DevTest Solutions Application Test

One word that describes how you work:  Enthusiastic

How do you use CA Communities and any suggestions for others?  First place I go to and would suggest to users if you cannot find it in the documentation.

Mac or PC?  PC, but wish I had a MAC too

Mobile Device? Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Apps/software/tools you can’t live without?  Viber, Facebook Messenger, CA Labs on Demand (no way I could have 20 machines in my office)

Besides your phone and computer, what's your favorite gadget?  Garlic Peeler

What’s your daily work space like?  Small, but perfect for what I need.  The more space, the more to clean.

How do you balance life/work?   Sometime I do not think I do, but I love my job and enjoy coming to work each day.

Best advice you can give and you have received? Do not try to resolve everything on your own, it’s okay to ask for help.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Talking fast….

Earlier this week, Anand_AK_Kameswaran presented DevTest 9.0 New example application, Forward Cars Webcast. If you were able to join us, thank you. We hope that you found the session valuable.

 

If you weren't able to join us, but still wanted to see the presentation, the replay is available here: Replay - DevTest 9.0 New example application, Forward Cars Webcast

 

I've also attached AK's presentation here for your reference.

 

Thank you again for your interest. We'll be scheduling our next DevTest Commnity webcast soon. In the meantime, I'd like to invite you to InformationWeek DevOps Virtual Summit - Practical Ideas for Optimizing Your DevOps Strategy on February 25. We hope to see you there.

Update March 9, 2016 - This is version #2. Added a new section on 'Connecting Pre- 9.1 Registries to 9.1 Dashboard'

 

Thanks!

 

Now that DevTest 9.1 is GA, attached is an upgrade guide that will take you thru the steps and the important considerations for the upgrade to the latest and exciting release of DevTest.

Here is the location of the PDF - How To - Upgrade DevTest 8.x To DevTest 9.1

 

Remember we now support in-place upgrade from 8.x to 9.x which means you can install in the same location as your prior release and you can also use you existing database which will be upgraded automatically for the 9.x release!!

 

Enjoy!

 

Thanks,

- Koustubh

This blog entry is an ongoing blog post of tips of tricks as we receive feedback for upgrading to 9.1. 

 

Enterprise Dashboard:

 

Prior to 9.1, Enterprise Dashboard was configured via local.properties files.  In 9.1, it is configured within dradis.properties.

 

Here are the 3 things that you need to know when upgrading your Enterprise Dashboard to 9.1.

 

  1. All Enterprise Dashboard configuration is only done in dradis.properties.
  2. Enterprise Dashboard properties in local.properties are ignored.
  3. We recommend that if you have Enterprise Dashboard properties in your local.properties file from a previous release, that you delete those entries.

 

Related Links

 

Have a 9.1 tip or trick?  Please leave a comment below or contact me at miemi01.

CA Service Virtualization /CA Application Test/ CA Application Insight r9.1

 

We are pleased to announce that DevTest 9.1 including CA Service Virtualization, CA Application Test and CA Continuous Application Insight 9.1 is generally available (GA) as of February 2, 2016.  This release includes significant enhancement to our products based on customer feedback focused around increased ease-of-use, team collaboration tools and automation to enable your teams to deliver higher quality applications, faster.

Here is a summary of the key functionality introduced in DevTest 9.1:

 

CA Service Visualization 9.1

  • ODP Clustering adds a visualization based algorithm to cluster transactions and increase performance and accuracy.
  • JSON Data Protocol now natively parses JSON for better handling of edge cases and special characters

 

CA Application Test 9.1

  • Reporting updates
    • Screen Captures for web and mobile tests are now included in the report.
    • Assertion details are available to determine why tests failed faster.
    • Details on project, data, and config files and locations are included.
  • New PDF generation for single report vs. step level details
  • New drill down into reports by runtime attributes
  • Mobile tests can now interact with device camera

 

CA Continuous Application Insight 9.1

  • Chrome plugin now supports generation of data tests for single API calls.
  • Document Transactions is now available for tests created via the chrome plugin.  Screen captures for each api call is document to allow users to understand what web pages align to the generated API tests.
  • Usability Enhancements
    • Document Transactions now allows selecting of active IP address when the browser IP address is translated when it get into the application server.  The user no longer needs to know there exact IP to preform a recording.
    • Virtual Services can be immediately deployed after generation from the shelf.
    • Track artifact generation tool tips to show process of background processing.
    • Import and export of Document transactions.
    • CAI Broker messages available in portal UI.
    • Changing of log levels for Broker and Agents.

 

Portal Enhancements 9.1

  • Browser tabs can be reordered and right click to close other tabs and tabs to the right.

 

CA Enterprise Dashboard 9.1

  • Centralized Configuration properties files for enterprise dashboard are now centrally defined in a draidis.properties file
  • Unified User Interface enhanced enterprise dashboard now mirrors the UI used in Devtest Portal and also displays hostname and port name for VSE’s, Coordinators, and Simulators
  • Updated Registry to Enterprise Dashboard Communication replaced two-way communication with one-way REST communication from the Registry to the Enterprise Dashboard

 

OS Platform Support Added:

  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)

 

Related Links

Visualization of End-To-End transactions is one of the key features of CA Continuous Application Insight. Transactions can span multiple services of an application. If a DevTest agent instruments a service it will report only its partial view of a transaction to the DevTest broker. The DevTest broker is able to assemble partial transactions from different agents into a single complete transaction. In DevTest, this assembling of partial transactions into a single one covering end-to-end information about a transaction is called Stitching.

DevTest broker stitches transactions by comparing Meta data from these partial transactions – such as IP addresses, Message IDs, classes – and linking them if they match. Sometimes, however, partial transactions carry matching information not in Meta data but in their payload. By default, DevTest broker does not access a transaction’s payload for stitching information. Therefore, partial transactions that store matching information in their payload are not stitched together out-of-the-box.

DevTest broker supports extending and customizing its stitching procedure. DevTest Continuous Application Insight users can exploit this extension mechanism to extend and customize DevTest’s standard stitching algorithm adding stitching based on custom payload content.

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This document guides the user creating and deploying a DevTest broker extension example for DevTest 9.0. This DevTest broker extension stitches together partial transactions based on data in the payload of JMS messages. The transaction frames were captured from different services in the Cars Demo application. The Cars Demo application is available in DevTest 9.0.

 

lijbi01 from CA Continuous Application Insight Development team gratefully provided several code samples and lots of instructions and insights.

 

Feedback and comments are welcome.

Service Virtualization Peeps, if you missed CA World 2015, make sure to not miss our rehash of our Continuous Delivery TechTalk content.

 

We will be having a series of webinars in the coming weeks to present the same content we presented in Las Vegas last November for CA World 2015.

 

So don’t miss the great info, the second time around…

 

Coming up Tuesday February 9 at 2:30 PM ET we have a webinar to showcase how some of you (our customers) have used Docker within their continuous delivery process to more easily deploy CA Service Virtualization or CA Application Test to a Platform-as-a-Service, like Azure or AWS.

 

Make sure to register here: http://bit.ly/SV-Docker-Webinar