Gatling JDBC Extension

JDBC support for Gatling

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The JDBC extension for Gatling was originally created to accompany a blog post that shows how to extend Gatling. Currently, five SQL operations are being supported. See below for the usage.

❗️ Attention ❗️

In order to avoid conflicts with io.gatling:gatling-jdbc the artifact name has been changed with version 2.0.1. Instead of gatling-jdbc it is now called jdbc-gatling (see issue #8). Apart from this, nothing changes. All package names etc. stayed the same.

Usage

libraryDependencies += "de.codecentric" %% "gatling-jdbc" % "version"

General

In order to use the JDBC functionality, your simulation has to import de.codecentric.gatling.jdbc.Predef._. The JDBC configuration is done via jdbc, e.g.:

val jdbcConfig = jdbc
  .url("jdbc:h2:mem:test;DB_CLOSE_ON_EXIT=FALSE")
  .username("sa")
  .password("sa")
  .driver("org.h2.Driver")

Those are currently all the options that can be provided and that have to be provided.

The entry point for the operations is the jdbc() method. The method itself takes a request name as parameter. This name will appear in the reports to represent the operation that follows.

CREATE TABLE

Creating a table is done via jdbc().create(). In order to ease the creation of arbitrarily many columns, the helper class import de.codecentric.gatling.jdbc.builder.column.ColumnHelper._ was created. It is recommended to use it. The datatype of every column has to be provided as a string. Additionally, constraints are optional, but also have to be passed as strings. E.g.:

scenario("createTable").
    exec(jdbc("bar table")
      .create()
      .table("bar")
      .columns(
        column(
          name("abc"),
          dataType("INTEGER"),
          constraint("PRIMARY KEY")
        ),
        column(
          name("ac"),
          dataType("INTEGER")
        )
      )
    )

INSERT

Insertion is done via jdbc().insert(). For where to insert, two options are possible. Suppose you have the table from the example above. You can insert the values either by relying on the indices:

exec(jdbc("insertion")
  .insert()
  .into("bar")
  .values("${n}, ${n}")
)

or by using the column names:

exec(jdbc("insertion")
  .insert()
  .into("bar (abc, ac)")
  .values("${n}, ${n}")
)

SELECT

In contrast to the previous operations, select directly requires a parameter and is called via jdbc().select(<what>). The intention is to closely resemble the SQL syntax. Using where() is optional for SELECT. Therefore, the following two ways are both valid:

exec(jdbc("selection")
  .select("*")
  .from("bar")
)

and

exec(jdbc("selection")
  .select("*")
  .from("bar")
  .where("abc=4")
)

Of course, as parameter to select(), every column or combination of columns can be used, as with basic SQL.

DELETE

Deletion starts from jdbc().delete(). Here, the where clause is optional again. In order to delete certain values the following works:

repeat(5, "n"){
    exec(jdbc("deletion")
        .delete()
        .from("bar")
        .where("abc=${n}")  
    )
}

Alternatively, in order to delete everything:

exec(jdbc("deletion")
    .delete()
    .from("bar")
)

Please be careful, since no additional validation is being performed and you might lose some data.

DROP TABLE

The last operation that is being supported is DROP TABLE via jdbc().drop() The method only takes a single parameter, the table name. Please be careful again, which table you drop. Dropping the "bar" table from the first example can be done in the following way:

jdbc("drop bar table").drop().table("bar")

Checks

Currently, checks are only implemented for SELECT. When importing de.codecentric.gatling.jdbc.Predef._ two types of checks are provided. The first type is the SimpleCheck.

SimpleCheck

The simpleCheck method (importet via Predef) allows for very basic checks. This method takes a function from List[Map[String, Any]] to Boolean. Each element in the list represents a row and the map the individual columns. Checks are simply appended to the selection, e.g.:

exec(jdbc("selection")
  .select("*")
  .from("bar")
  .where("abc=4")
  .check(simpleCheck(result => result.head("FOO") == 4))
)

A SELECT without a WHERE clause can also be validated with a simpleCheck.

There is also another type of check that is more closely integrated with Gatling, the CheckBuilders.

CheckBuilder

CheckBuilder is actually a class provided by Gatling. Based on the Gatling classes, Gatling JDBC provides two types of them. The JdbcAnyCheckBuilder object contains the instances SingleAnyResult and ManyAnyResults. Both can be used in the tests quickly by calling either jdbcSingleResponse or jdbcManyResponse.

The difference between the two is that the single response extracts the head out of the list of results. So you can only verify a Map[String, Any]. Whereas the many response, like the simple checks, returns a List[Map[String, Any]]. Validation is performed via the Gatling API. E.g. checking a single result can look like this:

exec(jdbc("selectionSingleCheck")
  .select("*")
  .from("bar")
  .where("abc=4")
  .check(jdbcSingleResponse.is(Map[String, Any]("ABC" -> 4, "FOO" -> 4)))
)

This validates the data in the two columns "ABC" and "FOO". Please note explicit typing of the map. Without it the compiler will complain.

A check with multiple results doesn't look very different:

exec(jdbc("selectionManyCheck")
  .select("*")
  .from("bar")
  .where("abc=4 OR abc=5")
  .check(jdbcManyResponse.is(List(
    Map("ABC" -> 4, "FOO" -> 4),
    Map("ABC" -> 5, "FOO" -> 5)))
  )
)

The advantage those CheckBuilder provide is that they can access certain functionality provided by the Gatling interfaces and classes they extend. The most important one is the possibility to save the result of a selection to the current session. By calling saveAs after a check you can place the result in the session under the given name. So e.g. if you want to store the result of the single check you can do it like this:

exec(jdbc("selectionSingleCheckSaving")
  .select("*")
  .from("bar")
  .where("abc=4")
  .check(jdbcSingleResponse.is(Map[String, Any]("ABC" -> 4, "FOO" -> 4))
  .saveAs("myResult"))
)

Final

Covering all SQL operations is a lot of work and some special commands might not be required for performance tests. Please keep in mind that the state of this Gatling extension can be considered experimental. Feel free to leave comments and create pull requests.

Publishing

Firstly, you gotta have in your home .sbt/1.0/sonatype.sbt configured to contain your username and password for Sonatype. Secondly, open the sbt shell an perform the following steps:

  1. set pgpSecretRing := file("/home/<user>/.sbt/gpg/secring.asc") or where ever it is
  2. release

Executing the intergration tests

If you have to run Docker on your machine as sudo, then to execute the integration tests, sbt has to be started as sudo, too. Only sudo sbt gatling:test will then be allowed to start the container of the databases.