The AS/400 Test Library for Performix/TTY™ package extends the already impressive capabilities of Rational Software Corporation's Performix/TTY load test software to provide unparalleled IBM AS/400 load testing capabilities.

By successfully integrating Performix/TTY with the Star5250™ terminal emulator from StarQuest Connectivity, Network Pathways has created an exceptional load testing tool for mainstream AS/400 applications deployed in a TCP/IP environment.

Features and Benefits

As an add-on to Performix/TTY, the AS/400 Test Library provides the following additional features and benefits.

Feature Benefit
  • 5250 Synchronization
The waitINH function provides reliable host synchronization in an environment where unpredictable end-of-transmission strings make normal screen synchronization difficult;
  • Template Libraries
Provides pre-written, documented & tested C code templates for many common application testing requirements and speeds script development;
  • Screen Functions
Provides pre-written, documented & tested C code templates for many common application testing requirements and speeds script development;
  • Screen Image Logging
Allows host application errors to be logged to a separate file including a snap-shot of the screen image at the time of error, complete with host status line and error messages;
  • Screen Navigation
Additional functions provide many common methods for navigating host applications – following paths, using pop-up lists, pressing function keys, returning to menus, etc.;
  • Script Restart/
Robust error recovery allows scripts to recover from application errors and to continue testing from controlled restart points;
  • Time-out and Signal Handling
Provides reliable detection and recovery from host time-out errors.
  • Simplified Workload Definition
The make_mix and make_tab scripts greatly simplify the task of creating workload definition files. A complex 500 user test can be easily described in a dozen lines which are accurately translated into the 500+ lines required by the mix utility.
  • General Purpose Routines
Provide additional general-purpose date and string manipulation capabilities.

Interacting with Host Screens

The MoveCursor, StrAt, CmpAt, AF, TF, Clear, Skip and XmitLocal functions make it easy to work with AS/400 form-oriented interactive screens. The following example "looks at" a field on a host screen and sets it to "Y" if its not already set. The MoveCursor function can be used to insure the screen cursor is properly positioned before writing to the screen.

if(!CmpAt(5,24,"Y")) {    /* If "select active" isn't "Y" */
    MoveCursor(5,24);     /* Move cursor (if necessary) & */
    XmitLocal("Y");       /* Change it to "Y" for yes     */

The next example reads information from the current screen into a local variable called "account" and completes a fill in the blank form. Note the use of the Clear, Skip, AF and TF functions. Clear erases the current contents of a field, Skip skips over a field, TF (truncated field) inserts a maximum of n characters into a field and generates a 5250 field-exit code, AF (auto-tab field) properly handles an auto tab field - inserting a field-exit code only if necessary. The Et_Screen function waits for the AS/400 to respond by monitoring the status indicators in line 25 and then names the function based on the host screen name.

strcpy(account, StrAt(2,48,10) );   /* Fetch account# from screen */
MoveCursor(7,24);                   /* If necessary, move cursor  */
Bt("");                             /* Begin transaction          */
Mxmit(                              /* Enter...                   */
   Clear(3),                        /* ... <clear 3 fields>       */
   AF(account,10),                  /*      account number        */
   Clear(2),                        /*      <clear 2 fields>      */
   TF(min_amount,6),                /*      minimum amount        */
   TF(max_amount,6),                /*      minimum amount        */
   Skip(2),                         /*      <skip 2 fields>       */
   "^M","");                        /*      & press enter key     */
Et_Screen("ID99", "nextscrn", 100); /* Wait for next 5250 screen  */

Functions Provided by the AS/400 Test Library

Screen Functions:

BackupTo( ) Back up to a given screen;
ButtonClick( ) Simulate a GUI button click operation;
Clear( ) Clear 1 or more host application fields;
EtScreen( ) Name transaction using host screen name;
FollowPath( ) Access all screens in a given 'path';
ListPopUp( ) Pick value from 5250 pop-up list screen;
LogScreenImage( ) Write current screen image to log file;
MoveCursor( ) Reposition cursor on screen;
SendPathName( ) Send path name to the AS/400;
Skip( ) Skip over 1 or more host application fields;
StillOn( ) Test if still on the same screen;
UnfoldScreen( ) "Unfold/fold" current screen for a better look;
WaitINH( ) Wait for next screen - (watch 'INH' status);
XmitLocal( ) Send data to screen without logging (XT1/XT2).

Screen Pseudo-functions

Press_Cancel Send host 'cancel' function;
Press_Enter Send host 'enter' function;
Press_Exit Send host 'exit' function;
Press_UnFold Send host 'fold/unfold' function;
Press_List Send host 'list popup' function;
Press_NextScrn Send host 'next screen' function;
Press_PrevScrn Send host 'previous screen' function;
Press_PageDown Send host 'page down' function;
Press_PageUp Send host 'page up' function;
AF Insert an auto-tab field into screen form;
TF Insert a truncated field into screen form;
SCREEN_NAME Return host 'program' name read from current screen;
Et_Screen Wait for next screen and name transaction based on host screen name.

General Functions:

AddSeparator( ) Add a trailing blank to non-null string;
AddWorkingDays( ) Compute date 'n' working day from date;
AsciiDate( ) Convert UNIX date to "yyyy/mm/dd" & "yymmdd";
CopyNum( ) Copy a fixed-length numeric string;
CopyTxt( ) Copy a fixed-length text string;
DaysBetween( ) Compute number of days between two dates;
DecActiveCount( ) Decrement active script count;
GetTime( ) Get current date & time in "local time" format;
IncActiveCount( ) Increment active script count;
MThink( ) Pause for multiple Think() periods;
SetLoggingDetail( ) Set level of detail in log files;
SignalHandler( ) Signal Handler;
StrEQU( ) Compare strings of unequal length;
SkipSpaces( ) Skip over leading spaces in a string;
TimeoutHandler( ) Time out handler;
TruncateField( ) Truncate field to given length.

General Pseudo-functions:

CmpAt( ) Compare string to screen contents;
StrAt( ) Read string from current screen;
Restart( ) Force script to restart at last restart point;
Restart_Point Declare a script restart point;
StrEQ( ) Compare strings of equal length;
StrIN( ) Check if string is contained within another siring

C Language Templates

Code has been written, tested and documented for many general purpose AS/400 processing tasks. The AS/400 Test Library includes template code for:

  • Defining a virtual user, including transaction mix and throughput;
  • Reading records from shared data files;
  • Generating script errors files (including screen images);
  • Processing multi-page on-screen lists;
  • Account searches;
  • Time-out and signal handling;
  • Signing on and off an AS/400 system under test (SUT);
  • Recovery from host inactivity time-outs.

AWK & Shell Scripts

In addition to C language templates, the AS/400 Test Library includes AWK and shell scripts which make it easier to define test workloads and to analysis test results. The make_mix and make_tab scripts can simplify workload definition by several orders of magnitude.

AWK Scripts:


Analyze log files to develop a profile of concurrent usage. For example, if a test workload included 300 users, how many were actually active performing functions at any given time throughout the run?;


Modify extract transaction file to allow transactions to be analyzed by class (e.g. begin search, enter data, update D/B, cancel, …);


Convert multiple DOS formatted files to UNIX format;


Transform simple test definition file (*.test) into Performix/TTY compatible mix command file;


Transform simple user definition file (*.user) into Performix/TTY compatible mix table file;


Convert standard report (*.STD) to Excel/Lotus import format (*.csv) file;


Scan error files (*.err) and generate 'play' commands to make it easy to play back the functions which caused the host application errors;


Sort standard reports (*.STD) by average response times;


Sort standard reports (*.STD) by 90th percentile response times;


Split input data file(s) for use on multiple test driver boxes;


View a brief summary of error files (*.err) which includes error and host status line messages.

Shell Scripts:

netcopy Copy file(s) to additional test driver boxs
gv_reset Reset Performix/TTY global section variables.



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