BlazeMeter Open Sources Plugin for Mainframe Testing

BlazeMeter launched an open source plugin for continuous mainframe testing.

The RTE plugin works with the company's Apache JMeter, an open source Java application designed to load test functional behavior and measure performance.

"Supporting IBM mainframe protocols TN5250 and TN3270, the JMeter RTE plugin simulates a mainframe terminal sending actions and keystrokes to the mainframe server," the company said in a statement. "By using the plugin, developers and testers can simulate filling forms or calling processes, specify the position of fields on the screen and the text to set on them, and simulate the keyboard attention keys."

The new tool can be found through the company's JMeter plugins.

Details on how to use the plugin are provided in an Aug. 7 blog post.

The company said that while mainframe testing was previously only enabled via legacy tools and dependent on performance engineers in Performance Centers, all developers/testers could now use the plugin's easy-to-use GUI to run a load or functional performance test on mainframe servers.

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