This article is the second in a series of overviews of our new UI. You can find the first one here.
This time we will dive into the changes we’ve made in the design phase. We’ve addressed many pain points from the old UI that we want to detail here:
- Virtual user creation,
- Multiple selection of requests,
- Contextual actions menu,
- Easier debug,
- Better processors configuration,
- Better auto-completion,
- Easier search and replace,
- Various usability fixes.
This will make the design in OctoPerf even faster, so that you can focus more time on your tests and analyzing them.
Create virtual user
The first item on the list is obviously the new virtual user creation process. A lot of people were confused by the older UI and used the menus to get back to the project level when what they really wanted was to get back to the last step. Of course the fact that you are now required to click on Back / Next to move to the another step of the process requires one more interaction but it’s also a lot easier to understand what’s going on since it results from your actions. We think it’s the right way to go since the only drawback is adding a couple of clicks on a process that is only used a few times per project.
To make things easier for beginners, the contextual documentation will display as soon as you select any option. It’s also a better use of horizontal space that would otherwise be lost:
And lastly, we used this opportunity to make the JMeter import a one-step process where you can clearly differentiate the JMX and resource files:
The design page is the one we changed the most. While all the features of the old UI are still available (along with some new ones) the layout has changed so much that it might be hard to find your way around it at first glance.
Virtual user tree
It behaves exactly like a tree in your favorite IDE or file browser. This way you can reorganize your Virtual User structure very quickly.
The right click menu offers all the contextual action you already had in OctoPerf plus a few others that we will discuss in the sections below.
For a complete overview of possibilities, you can check the virtual user tree documentation.
In order to add any action, simply drag and drop it from this panel into the tree above.
Alternatively you can use the right click menu directly inside the tree to see only the actions you can add on a particular item.
When you edit an action, its current configuration will show up in the main panel on the right. It behaves like a web browser where you can open a number of actions at the same time and switch between them using the tab headers, or simply close tabs with the right click menu:
Configuration of actions
Configuration of HTTP actions can be achieved using the left handed sub-menu in order to switch between header, GET, POST parameters and other settings. This menu can be collapsed to give more space for the actual configuration:
Another difference is the Post processors configuration menu that can now be accessed through a Configure button: