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Can anyone recommend a service or application that will go through the process of conducting a test transaction on an ecommerce site? I would like to set my store into test mode, then just let a bot hammer through it, enter sample customer info, and complete the checkout. ab meets Mozenda meets Magento.

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I don't know of scripted solution that's worth the bother, simply because it's predictable and that's not what you need. This may sound silly but you could do a lot worse than getting school kids involved. Kids have a knack of attacking systems differently to what they are intended to withstand, which tends to find breaking points you may never even have considered. A local company made arrangements with the local high school, which made it part of a class IT project. The instructions were simple: See what you can break.

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Thanks, I'll reach out to some manual labor :) –  Ryan Jurgensen Jun 16 '11 at 18:06

Using the scripting language of your choice, you could interface with Selenium-RC, which will allow you to hijack a browser and step through the e-commerce application, inserting your random data as necessary.

Selenium IDE will let you record a web transaction and play it back, if you want to test with more or less the same data every time.

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This is a good idea. The answer from John made me realize that it probably isnt a task that needs to be automated. –  Ryan Jurgensen Jun 16 '11 at 18:24

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