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Performance Optimizations

To allow advanced mocking, JustMock needs to insert an additional code to the different members prior the CLR compiles them to machine code. This action is called instrumentation (code weaving) and inevitably affects the performance of executing unit tests. To improve the execution time, JustMock allows you to configure what should be instrumented. This article describes how you can enable such optimizations.

Enabling

There are two possible ways to enable waving filter:

  • The suggested approach is to set environment variable JUSTMOCK_CONFIG_PATH with full path to the configuration file.
  • In case this is not possible in a specific setup, place a file that contains the settings in the same directory where the profiler resides. This file must be named config.json.

File Format

Supported format is JSON. When the file cannot be parsed, failures are logged (see Profiler Log And Trace article), and the configuration is rejected.

Structure

The weaving configuration is represented by the key of the root object named weavingFilter. This key itself is an object, containing the following key-value pairs:

  • defaultAction string (mandatory)—Its value should be one of the Action Constants.
  • entries array (mandatory)—Contains objects, representing the entries the filter applies to. See Filter Entry section below.

Filter Entry

Each entry inside the entries array is an object with the following key-value pairs:

  • scope string (mandatory)—Its value should be one of the Scope constants.
  • pattern string (mandatory)—Regular expression to match the scope of the filter entry.
  • action string (mandatory)—Its value should be one of the Action Constants.
  • supplements array (optional)—Contains supplementary entry objects. The supplements are used to describe child members of an entry, see Supplements.
  • options array (optional)—Contains objects used as parameters in the evaluation, see Options.

Action Constants

Used for defining values for the action key in the filter entry objects. The possible values are:

  • "include"
  • "exclude"

Scope Constants

Used for defining the target scope of the filtering. The possible values are:

  • "module"—Applies to assembly.
  • "type"—Applies to type.
  • "member"—Applies to member (method or property).

Options

Filter entries can have additional evaluation parameters, which are objects with the following keys:

  • name string (mandatory)—Contains the unique entry name.
  • value string, number or Boolean—Its value depends on the value of the name key.

Available options

At this point, a single option is available that allows you specify the accessibility of a member entry.

  {
    "name": "accessibility",
    "value": "public" | "private"
  }

This option can be applied to the member entries only, where "public" refers to the public members, and "private" - to all others.

Supplements

The supplements key describes child members of another entry. The supplements can be used when you need to specify a type from an assembly, or a member of a type.

Supplements of a given entry can have supplements of the other types. The following rules apply:

  • Module entry can have only type supplements.
  • Type entry can have only member supplements.

Example

The configuration sample below allows instrumentation of all methods matching to the following conditions:

  • Belong to type from mscorlib assembly.
  • Belong to System.String type and are public properties (names are starting with get_).
  • Do not belong to System.DateTime type.

The settings file for a similar setup would look like the following example:

{
  "weavingFilter": {
    "defaultAction": "exclude",
    "entries": [
      {
        "scope": "module",
        "pattern": "mscorlib",
        "action": "include",
        "supplements": [
          {
            "scope": "type",
            "pattern": "System.String",
            "action": "include",
            "supplements": [
              {
                "scope": "member",
                "pattern": "get_.*",
                "action": "include",
                "options": [
                  {
                    "name": "accessibility",
                    "value": "public"
                  }
                ]
              }
            ]
          },
          {
            "scope": "type",
            "pattern": "System.DateTime",
            "action": "exclude"
          }
        ]
      }
    ]
  }
}

Setting up environment

To setup your environment to use the performance optimizations discussed in this topic, you need to pass the path to the configuration file through the JUSTMOCK_CONFIG_PATH environment variable.

The options that you can use to achieve that vary depending on the specific setup you might have. In command line or inside Visual Studio, you can use the .runsettings file to specify the path. The next examples shows how you can set the variable in .runsettings:

<RunSettings>
    <RunConfiguration>
      <EnvironmentVariables>
        <JUSTMOCK_CONFIG_PATH>%config.json.path%</JUSTMOCK_CONFIG_PATH>
      </EnvironmentVariables>
    </RunConfiguration>
</RunSettings>

%config.json.path% should be replaced with full path to the configuration file.

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