2008/12/31

Devoxx: Creating performance test data with the benerator (Volker Bergmann)

The Benerator tool focuses on a single problem: generating testdata. Although a simple problem to start, getting good testdata is tough:

  • testing extremes
  • using anonimized production-data
  • applying complex validations on inputdata (e.g. realistic names, gender, birth date, addresses,...)
Benerator has following advantages:

  • multiple input/output formats supported: xml, csv, database
  • highly customizable
  • free (GPL)
I've never used such testdata generation tools, but this is definitely tool I might look at in future testing work...

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