Till now we have had 4 extension modules. Two of them are optional (ASP.net and JSON), meaning that you can use them to facilitate testing (in many cases this means a significant improvement), but still there are no applications for which these modules are mandatory.
Two other modules (Flash and Silverlight) are used to convert binary data to XML and back again. So, if you have an application developed in Flash or Silverlight, you will not be able to load test it properly without the corresponding module.
The new GWT module stays somewhere in the middle in this classification. It converts to XML complex data structures contained inside requests and responses, but in this case the data is originally represented in text format, so in general it is possible to parameterize everything without such conversion. However, in complex cases this will require a lot of efforts without the module and just few steps with help of it.
The client part of a GWT application is often implemented in such a way that it can send remote procedure calls (RPC) to the server part. Such calls are passed inside special HTTP requests containing serialized data structures that are used as function arguments. The server replies with the function return value which can also be a complex data structure. This reply is provided in the corresponding HTTP response.
The Module for GWT Testing lets you import the jar/war files of your GWT project containing application .class files and .gwt.rpc files containing serialization policy in order to enable conversion of serialized data to XML.
So, after installing and configuring the module on top of WAPT or WAPT Pro, you will see the XML documents inside the bodies of all GWT requests and responses.
Here is an example showing the content of a GWT-request before applying the module.
The same request body is converted by the module to the following XML.
The same way you can convert any response and extract any values from it with help of the standard XPath() function. The extracted values can be used in subsequent requests for parameterization. On the test execution the module will convert the parameterized XML back to GWT structures expected by your server to ensure the correct emulation.
Good news for those customers who use our products regularly to load test different web applications. If you have already purchased the Module Pack (containing all 4 previously existing modules), we provide the GWT module license to you free of charge.
You may also notice that even though the regular price for the new module is $350, its addition has not increased the price of the Module Pack. So, you can now save much more by ordering all modules at once.