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L (Visual Studio Team System Glossary)

This glossary defines key terms that are used in the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System Help.

life cycle

The phases a solution goes through from the time it is conceived until the time it is retired from service.

life cycle model

A partitioning of the life of a product into phases that guide the project from identifying customer needs through product retirement.

lifestyle snapshot

A documented day in the life of a persona. A lifestyle snapshot is created by a business analyst through interactions with the users.

load a test

To open a test inside the Visual Studio IDE. When a test gets loaded, it gets loaded by its test adapter.

load balance

Redistribute work to available resources or reschedule to available times.

load pattern

Defines the number of virtual users active during a load test and the rate at which new users are started. Examples of rate are "step pattern" or "constant." See: load test scenario.

load profile

The simulated workload for a load or stress test. The load profile can be constant or increased dynamically through stepping.

load simulation

An attempt to model the effect of many users accessing a server at the same time. Load tests do not generate actual load with actual users, but rather simulated load with virtual users.

load test

A test type that contains other test types and exercises them with simulated user settings to perform a predefined load scenario.

Load Test Analyzer

A Visual Studio window that displays results of any load test run, after it has run. It is used to examine any load test results that have already ended. See: load test monitor.

Load Test Editor

The Visual Studio editor in which a .loadtest file is opened. It displays a tree structure of nodes.

Load Test Monitor

A Visual Studio window that displays results during a load test run.

load test scenario

(1) The combination of a test mix, a load profile, and a simulated environment for a load or a stress test. (2) Used to model how a group of users interacts with a server application. A scenario consists of a test mix, a load profile, a network mix, and a browser mix. A load test can have more than one scenario.

Load Test wizard

A wizard that guides you through the process of creating a load test.

logical design

A design process that details the elements of the solution and how they interrelate with each other. This design does not provide technical implementation details, and thus is prior to making specific technology decisions.

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