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Can anyone suggest any tools that can simulate users panning around in a map? I have used tools such as SoapUI to do load testing, but never anything to simulate users.

In case it matters, the app I will be testing is based on ESRI Javascript API.

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Out of curiosity, why do you want to test map panning? – Derek Swingley May 25 '12 at 2:03
Trying to reproduce some reported bugs with ui elements (ex: info window gets 'frozen', another has to do with incomplete rendering of dynamic map service layers). One of the common factors between several of these bugs is frequent map panning. – user890 May 26 '12 at 20:57
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Check out the DOH Robot. I have not used it with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript but it's the only tool that I know of that is suited for this task (that's not to say there aren't others out there...). Earlier this week I published a blog post on using DOH (but not the DOH Robot) with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript which might be of interest as well.

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This looks promising, thanks. – user890 May 25 '12 at 17:54

While I haven't used it much, perhaps Selenium ( is worth a shot. When playing with it, I found it quite clunky and not all that intuitive, but for testing browser interaction with javascript enabled, then I haven't found too many other options.

I would suspect with most tools though, you would have to write the javascript that simulates the users movements, which I would imagine is a decent sized job in itself, the test runner will then run that code.

I would also love to know if there are better tools out there.

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