Understanding End Events

An end event is the point in the step execution at which the next step can start. A step contains more than one event. A step starts with an action and continues with all of the events caused by the action. For example, after a click action, there might be DOM events and network events.

A step does not have to run to completion before the following step begins. One of the events in the step is set to be the end event. When the end event occurs, the next step can start, while the current step continues in the background. The end event for each step is set by TruClient for each browser the first time the script is replayed on that browser. You can change the end event if the event set automatically is not the best choice.

Events in a typical step

The following diagram illustrates the sequence of events triggered as a result of step execution:

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Examples of end events

Each step execution differs and may go through a different event flow. The following examples illustrate how step execution can differ:

Example 1: Getting parameters using EvaluateJS step

The step includes an Evaluate JS step with TC.getParam("ParameterName"); code. In this step there is no application related activity. Therefore, the end event is automatically set to Action completed. The remaining events in the chain are not relevant.

Example 2: Click on a search box with no auto-suggest

This step interacts with the application but it does not trigger any network or DOM activity. Therefore, the end event is automatically set to Action completed. The remaining events in the chain are not relevant.

Example 3: Click on a search button

This step interacts with the application and triggers both network and DOM activity. Therefore, the end event is automatically set to one of the events that follows Action completed. The event selected depends upon the specific application behavior.

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End events, run times, and transaction times on different browsers

TruClient assigns automatic end events separately for each browser because of differences between browser behavior. For example, in the same step, one browser triggers a specific event but another browser does not. If the step is recorded on a browser and run as-is on a different browser that does not trigger the recorded end event, the step times out. Therefore, TruClient sets an automatic end event only for the browser being recorded. End events for other browsers are set when the script is first run on those browsers.

If there is a transaction that includes steps with different end events on different browsers, the transaction time may be different between browsers. For example:

  • Step 100 end event: On browser A, DOM Content Loaded. On browser B, Step Network Completed.
  • Step 101 begins: On browser A, as soon as the DOM is loaded. On browser B, only after the document and all the resources are loaded.

When testing on browser B, step 101 begins later than it would begin on browser A. Therefore, the run time on browser B is longer for the same business process.

If there is a transaction that includes steps with different end events on different browser, the transaction time may be different between browsers.

If you need to match run times and transaction times between browsers, check that the end events are set so that the same activities are measured. If not, manually change end events as appropriate.

Note: If you set an end event manually, the setting applies to all browsers. If the end event must be different for any browser, you must use an If Browser step. See Replaying on All Browsers.

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When to manually change step end events

You may need to change the end step when:

  • The next step is not ready to be executed because the preceding end event is incorrect.

  • The automatically set end step events cause different results in different browsers.
  • You have created a transaction that surrounds several steps. You are interested in measuring a certain aspect of the transaction more accurately. For details, see Insert Transactions.

  • You want to start the next step in your script once a specific object is visible on the screen.

    1. Expand the step section, and select Object Exists as the end event for the step.

    2. Click the magnifying glass to select the object on the page.

Note: If you set an end event manually, the setting applies to all browsers. If the end event must be different for any browser, you must use an If Browser step. See Replaying on All Browsers.

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