If you've been using BlazeMeter for some time, you've probably noticed some major changes to the UI that include some features that were not present in previous versions. This guide will help you make sense of the changes so you can continue using BlazeMeter with minimal interruption.
BlazeMeter's functionality has been expanded to accommodate you throughout your Continuous Testing Journey.
Functional & Performance Tests
All existing tests and all new tests will now be divided between Functional and Performance categories.
This is simply to help with organization. When the Functional tab is clicked and active, only items relating to functional tests will be available. Examples of Functional tests include API Functional Tests and GUI Functional Tests.
When the Performance tab is clicked and active, the same principle applies, but only for performance tests, which include JMeter tests, URL/API Performance Tests, and Multi-Tests.
The Mock Services tab is a brand new addition that introduces new features to BlazeMeter.
A mock service is a "stand-in" or substitute for a real live service that can be very useful for testing purposes.
Broadcom's API Monitoring product, previously known as Runscope, has been merged into BlazeMeter via the new API Monitoring tab. The features found here allow you to monitor public, private, and third-party APIs in seconds, as well as evaluate the uptime, performance and correctness of an API.
As an existing BlazeMeter user, you are likely already familiar with BlazeMeter's features for performing functional and/or performance API tests. These new features bring additional layers of API-related functionality. For example, once you've verified your APIs are working via functional tests, API Monitoring will help you ensure they remain functioning going forward.
For BlazeMeter users not already familiar with Runscope, there are some settings and permissions specific to API Monitoring that you'll want to be aware of:
- Some settings specific to API Monitoring (Runscope) are in a separate menu apart from other BlazeMeter settings. After clicking the API Monitoring tab, look for a face icon under your name, like this:
Clicking the face icon above opens this drop-down menu:
- BlazeMeter testing workspace membership is wholly separate from API Monitoring team membership. In other words, you are likely already familiar with how workspace membership works, as can be seen from your main BlazeMeter settings:
-- these being the workspaces you access from the main dashboard like so:
The important detail to remember is that API Monitoring teams are wholly apart from workspaces and are accessed via their own menu, like so:
Note: We certainly understand that this division of user roles and permissions as presented here can take some getting used to. We're working on simplifying this functionality in future releases.
Ready to Learn More?
First, you can revisit our Getting Started guide if you're like to review some of the functionality you're likely already familiar with. Even so, you may find that the recent updates to the guide make it worth a second look, and the guide includes many links to other various features, new and old alike.
Make sure to visit The Continuous Journey, if you haven't already, for an overview of the big picture.
If you would like to start exploring the new Mock Services features, go here next.
If you would like to start exploring the new API Monitoring features, go here next.