App Management for Changing Browser Landscape

What's New in dynaTrace AJAX Edition 3?

Andreas Grabner

Andreas Grabner

dynaTrace AJAX Edition 3 was recently released with support for Firefox and Internet Explorer, alongside new premium enterprise extensions such as enterprise test automation and automated regression analysis. In this interview, JAXenter speaks to Technology Strategist for dynaTrace Software, Andreas Grabner, on what's new in dynaTrace AJAX Edition 3.

JAXenter: What steps does the recently-released dynaTrace AJAX Edition 3 take, to keep up with the advancements in today's web applications?

Andreas Grabner: The browser landscape today is unrecognizable from how it was a few years ago, and it'll probably be unrecognizable again a few years in the future. As increasing amounts of code are executed in the browser, it's important to understand how different browsers handle things differently. We keep a close eye on the browser landscape, so we can stay on top of updates and new releases. As well as support for Firefox versions 3.6 and 4, we've recently added experimental support for Internet Explorer 9, for instance.

And because so much code is executed client-side when it comes to Web 2.0, 'traditional' approaches to optimizing user experience are no longer sufficient. The User Experience Report in dynaTrace AJAX Edition 3 illustrates this well: if you're only looking at page views and clicks, you're not analyzing a huge amount of what contributes to user experience in modern Web 2.0 applications. dynaTrace AJAX Edition 3 captures this information, and points you to resources that can help you optimize your application. As Web 2.0 technology evolves, so will the User Experience Report – stay tuned.

JAXenter: How has the Performance Report feature been enhanced in version 3?

Andreas: User Experience is tied to perception. What you're measuring is how your website performs against peoples' usability and performance expectations; and in business, naturally you want to out-perform your competition.

We've implemented a way to compare yourself against your industry peers in categories such as Caching, JavaScript, Load Times or Number of Resources. We gather performance benchmarks from the top 100 Alexa-ranked websites, so the Performance Report reflects new de facto performance standards for high-traffic websites, as they emerge.

JAXenter: What else is new in dynaTrace AJAX Edition 3?

Andreas: Beyond what I've already described, we've been working on fixing minor issues that our community (over 30,000 strong) of users has reported, and bringing to life some of their feature requests and suggestions.

Try it for free – it's downloadable from ajax.dynatrace.com.

JAXenter: What's planned for the next release of dynaTrace AJAX Edition?

Andreas: I've mentioned support for more browsers above, and we're also going to develop the User Experience Report which is already part of AJAX Edition. Direction-wise, we're aiming to make it easier to identify and fix Web 2.0-related problems, especially as they impact upon User Experience.

The size of our user community is evidence of the usefulness of AJAX Edition as a tool. We want AJAX Edition to become ever more useful, so we're looking for feedback about what our community wants to see in the future. To collect this information we have a Wish List on our Community Portal – see community.dynatrace.com.

Jessica Thornsby

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