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48 asked on 16 Mar 2015, 11:49 AM
I am attempting to create a plugin to allow the WebTest export to enable me to achieve the following:

1. Add the ReportingName to each WebTest request from using a combination of form element values.
2. Replace a value with a WebTest parameter: {{exampleParameter}}

Current issue:
1. I can't seem to retrieve the ReportingName setter from the IFiddlerWebTestPlugin interface?
2. I believe I can do this with current functionality as it's a simple transform from one value to another prior to saving the request.

Any help gratefully received.

I have attached a simple WebTest file with a snippet below (you'll need to convert the .jpeg to a .webtest (or .txt).

WebTest snippet:

  <Items>
    <Request Method="GET" Guid="c2bdeaaa-352c-4835-ad7b-ea7d723cdfa8" Version="1.1" Url="http://www.google.co.uk/" ThinkTime="0" Timeout="300" ParseDependentRequests="True" FollowRedirects="True" RecordResult="True" Cache="False" ResponseTimeGoal="0" Encoding="utf-8" ExpectedHttpStatusCode="0" ExpectedResponseUrl="https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl" ReportingName="Navigate to Google" IgnoreHttpStatusCode="False">

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Eric Lawrence
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answered on 17 Mar 2015, 03:36 PM
Unfortunately, I don't think the WebTest Export extensibility enables the level of customization you seek. The extensibility model enables plugins to skip writing certain steps to the test, and add extraction/validation rules, but it doesn't provide any mechanism to change the XML of the step as it's written to the file.

Fiddler does promote the Session's ui-comments flag to a CommentText element in the XML, but I assume that Visual Studio isn't smart enough to fallback to the comment if the ReportingName isn't set?

I could probably tweak the code such that Fiddler sets the ReportingName attribute if the your plugin sets a WebTest-ReportingName flag on the Session?


With regard to the "replace a value with a WebTest parameter"-- I don't know enough about your scenario to understand what this would entail? It may already be possible to do this with your PreWebTestSave event handler...

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answered on 18 Mar 2015, 12:52 PM
Reporting names and comments are quite separate in Visual Studio. Empty or unset reporting names are set from the URL, taking the value after the right-most "/"; query strings are ignored. Reporting names can be set at run time in Visual Studio using a plugin; these values are also trimmed to just the item after the right-most "/".

The two changes you want to make could, I believe, be achieved by modifying the ".webtest" file after Fiddler has written it. The Visual Studio ".webtest" file is just XML. I have used a text editor to set and to modify reporting names in the XML. I have also written both C# and Perl programs to do simple manipulations of the XML when I wanted to do the same action several times and so a text editor would be unsuitable.
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Eric Lawrence
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answered on 19 Mar 2015, 03:17 PM
Fiddler 2.5/4.5 promote a "WebTest-ReportingName" flag from the Session to the target attribute in the XML.

As no further information has been provided about the "WebTest parameter", that aspect is unchanged for now.

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answered on 24 Mar 2015, 11:28 AM
Thank you both for your replies. I have some time between projects to have another go. It is simply xml file manipulation that could be achieved using many tools outside of Fiddler. I just wondered if there were any built in hooks.

Thanks again.
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