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Although "out of the box" integration with existing tools is important, most applications require some element of customizing for performance testing.
In this section we evaluate the availability, robustness, and documentation of vendor APIs.
|Does the vendor provide an API?|
|API's (Application Programming Interface) give you the ability
to connect your software with the testing software. Having access
to an API can help automate your performance testing in a more
efficient manner. By using code that is already developed for your
website or application, you're garaunteed
|If the testing tool provider provides an API, you should test the scope and capabilities of the API to determine the benefit.|
|API Ease of Use|
|Along with the extensiveness of the API, it's important to look
at how easy it is to setup connections and use the API. Your
considerations should include the availability of programming
libraries, or "helper" scripts, and the different protocols that
|Finally, be sure to evaluate the availability and scope of the documentation for APIs that are available to developers, as well as any additional resources like forums or FAQs.|
Even if you do not intend to use a custom integration, you should be aware of the capabilities of a vendor before making an investment or long-term commitment.
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