Footprint

Consider a scenario where a route has a parameter in it. Let’s take a look at an example:

http://www.whereever.com/<id>/details

Each individual rest run for this route will produce a new line in the metrics view:
http://www.whereever.com/1/details
http://www.whereever.com/2/details
http://www.whereever.com/3/details
http://www.whereever.com/4/details

This sort of reporting will quickly turn our dashboard into a disorganized mess. To produce a single endpoint for reporting from each one of these calls, you can use what we call a ‘footprint.’

How is this accomplished? In the test, you need to add a Config component to the I/O component as seen below:

configFootprint

The Config component has two fields:
Name: the name you want to assign. In this case, you MUST to enter ‘footprint’
Value: The value for the configuration component. To set up a footprint, you must enter the same URL that’s in the I/O Component. Any parameterized portion of the URL must be wrapped in square brackets.

Based upon our example, the value in this case would be:

http://www.wherever.com/whatever/[id]/details

In the project dashboard, after every run of the test instead of
http://www.whereever.com/whatever/1/details
http://www.whereever.com/whatever/2/details
http://www.whereever.com/whatever/3/details
http://www.whereever.com/whatever/4/details

you will find only one endpoint, displayed as:
http://www.whereever.com/whatever/[id]/details

For each endpoint you can use more square brackets, one for each variable that could assume multiple values. For example: http://www.whereever.com/[whatever]/[id]/details/[colors]/whatever

When you write the value of the config, for the ‘static’ part of the endpoint you can also call a variable as in any I/O operation.

Example: ${protocol}/${domain}/[whatever]/[id]/details/[colors]/whatever

is valid syntax.