Extending Rational® Performance Tester to support other protocols

The Rational® Performance Tester Extensibility Software Development Kit (SDK) enables you to create extensions to support testing new protocols without modifying the core product code. You can create an extension that provides functionality for testing other protocols in addition to the HTTP protocol support that is standard in Rational® Performance Tester.

Before you begin

Rational® Performance Tester provides the capability to emulate multiple users applying load on a system under test. To test performance, you record a test and subsequently replicate it, and then play it back against the system being tested. Refer to the Rational® Performance Tester product information center for more details.

About this task

Rational® Performance Tester supports the HTTP protocol. The goal of the Extensibility SDK is to provide a framework that supports the development of various protocols which can be plugged into Rational® Performance Tester.

To develop support for testing protocols in Rational® Performance Tester, you must be familiar with the following areas:
  • The protocol that you intend to support
  • The Eclipse platform (The Eclipse documentation provides relevant information in the "JDT Programmer's Guide" topic.)
  • The Test and Performance Tools Platform (TPTP).
For examples of Rational® Performance Tester extensions, see the following plug-ins:
  • com.ibm.rational.test.lt.sdksamples.core.socket
  • com.ibm.rational.test.lt.sdksamples.recorder.socket
  • com.ibm.rational.test.lt.sdksamples.models.behavior.socket
  • com.ibm.rational.test.lt.sdksamples.codegen.socket
  • com.ibm.rational.test.lt.sdksamples.protocol.socket
  • com.ibm.rational.test.lt.sdksamples.testgen.socket
  • com.ibm.rational.test.lt.sdksamples.editor.socket
  • com.ibm.rational.test.lt.sdksamples.results.socket
  • com.ibm.rational.test.lt.sdksamples.datacorrelation.testgen.socket
  • com.ibm.rational.test.lt.sdksamples.datacorrelation.execution.socket