LoadRunner and IE8

Had this small problem today and I believe it would be interesting to share the solution. I was “forced” to update to Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) and for my surprise, VuGen crashes when trying to record anything with it.

My first thought was to check for patches. No patches, LoadRunner was already on version 9.52 (9.50 + 9.51 patch + 9.52 patch). Checking some forum posts I’ve found that the issue can be caused by the “Disable Execute Bit” (DEP) functionality. So how to disable it??

You have to open the boot.ini file (C:\boot.ini) and add the following string to your boot line:

/noexecute=alwaysoff

Usually it will become something like that:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT=”Microsoft Windows” /noexecute=alwaysoff /fastdetect

I’m not sure if the same solution can be applied to Windows Vista or 7. Also I don’t know if older LoadRunner versions are affected too, but this worked for me. :-)

Data Generator

My colleague and friend Mauricio (@mvgiacomello) shared a useful tip on Data Generation.

There is a web application that can generate test data based on a set of parameters. It can export the data on HTML, Excel, CSV, SQL and XML.

Their website has a demo that can generate up to 200 records. If you need more, you can download the code and deploy to your own server!

Here is what they say:

Ever needed custom formatted sample / test data, like, bad? Well, that’s the idea of the Data Generator. It’s a free, open source script written in JavaScript, PHP and MySQL that lets you quickly generate large volumes of custom data in a variety of formats for use in testing software, populating databases, and scoring with girls.

You can check it out at: http://www.generatedata.com/#generator