> I was looking at OpenSTA, now possibly JMeter.
> Everyone in Dev loves OpenSource tools but I'm finding
> you get what you pay for. There's always something
Hmm. The "you get what you pay for" statement is always very
interesting to me, because I have found an equally over-used statement
applies much better to Opensource software: "the best things in life are
free". I mean, you are using the Internet right now aren't you? What
do you think that stuff is, owned by Microsoft? ;-)
In your particular circumstance, I can completely undestand how
Loadrunner can "fit your bill" better. Mercury has most likely paid
Oracle, and Oracle has most likely paid Mercury, quite a bit of money in
order to produce the code so that testing for those particular
applications works properly. A lot of time and money has been invested -
and they will need to recoup those expenses. This means that you will
always be trapped, as you are now, paying for extremely high license fees.
However, you could take as much as 20% of what the Mercury license fee
is a year, invest it in the development of OpenSTA, and have a product
that then works with Oracle apps and be able to adjust it to your needs
now and into the future. The time you invest now will end up saving you
(and many more people out there) thousands more in the future.
You are only "getting what you pay for" because you've been backed into
a corner. You could come out of that corner with a fighting chance
within a year if you participated in the OpenSTA project, and you'd
never be fighting again.
That can be the true essence of this project - to help you and the
millions of testers out there not be backed into a corner now and forever.