Developing Solutions provides a SOAP interface application with its dsTest suite of network testing software products. With this interface you can use XML messaging over HTTP to test GET and POST transaction initiators and responders. SOAP is intended for exchanging structured information in a decentralized, distributed environment. It extends HTTP for XML messaging, and defines an extensible messaging framework independent of implementation specific semantics.
dsTest provides additional features to enhance the effectiveness of SOAP test scenarios. Using our SmartFlow feature, you create simple to complex transaction SOAP flows between the Device Under Test (DUT) and the dsTest simulator nodes, including message definitions and state machine elements. The SmartFlow state machine contains a unique list of states that a SOAP message flow can traverse. This allows the definition of different paths for success, failure, or other conditions, all defined within the state machine. When defining a message template it is only necessary to include and provision the elements whose values will be compared to information in the received message. Multiple handlers can be used with different templates of the same message type in order to execute various actions or state changes depending on the composition or content of a received message.
The dsTest SOAP interface application allows the simulator nodes to provide the following HTTP events:
- Get – Retrieve data from the DUT
- Post – Send data to the DUT to be processed
- Result – HTTP response with status code
A complete set of events that can be generated with the SOAP interface application can be found here.
As with all dsTest products, the node configurations and test scenarios are easily defined and configured with XML files that are validated against a published XML Schema to avoid invalid definitions. With our dsClient GUI, you can create, run, and archive tests, capture, graph and archive operational measurements, capture real-time data flows, and manage your dsTest servers and testing scenarios with a standalone application that runs on your PC.
Advanced Testing Features
SmartEvents — Alter application behavior or coordinate multiple interface applications with SmartEvents. Our programmable, subscriber-level state machine gives you the ability to define handlers for specified application events that can then cause an event in another application to be executed. You can also configure handlers to modify subscriber information during run-time, introduce timers, or randomize subscriber behavior based on configurable probabilities to name a few of the many options in one of dsTest’s most powerful features.
SmartMessageElement — Insert, delete, or replace elements in Diameter, RADIUS, MAP, LDAP, GTP, REST, or SOAP messages with our SmartMessageElement solution. Define proprietary signaling or corrupt elements to facilitate negative testing. You can specify when your elements are used with SmartEvents.
Traffic Profile — Draw the shape of your test actions across time with Traffic Profile. You can define the rate for any action as a static rate or reference a Traffic Profile configuration, which also means that multiple Traffic Profiles can be running currently. Use Traffic Profile in conjunction with the randomizing features in SmartEvents to design a test that more truly simulates real-world network activity.
dsTest provides rich sets of measurements for the SOAP application:
- Transaction and transport layer attempts, successes, and failures
- Transaction duration, transactions-per-second, and round-trip delay
- Message and byte counters
- Errors encountered and error indications received in messages
You can read more about the reporting features offered with dsTest and dsClient here.