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    Load testing tool

    Morning,
    Currently our company is looking to invest in a load performance tool so with this all being new to me i decided to have a look round the web and see what we could get.

    The product we would be looking to test is a multi-tier web-based application that uses Active X controls.

    I have had a read at some of the tools but im really unsure of where to start?

    Any help is greatly received and thanks for taking the time to look at this post.

    Terri

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    Re: Load testing tool

    Start with learning your tool and project requirements.

    Consider:
    - budget
    - technical ability of the people who will be using the tool
    - characteristics of the systems you wish to test
    - characteristics of the systems you will use to drive and measure the load
    - how you plan to learn enough about load and performance testing to conduct effective tests
    - how much, and what type of outside help you need
    - schedule
    - etc
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    Re: Load testing tool

    Take a look at http://www.webperformanceinc.com/loa...ting_tool.html - It can handle most websites with ease, the reports are better than most of the competition, and the support is excellent (disclaimer: I work for Web Performance).

    You can get a quick feel for the product by watching the first 2 videos here:
    http://www.webperformanceinc.com/load_testing/demo/


    You didn't ask for general load testing help, but since you mentioned this is new to you, these articles might be helpful:
    http://www.webperformanceinc.com/loa...ting-part-one/
    http://www.webperformanceinc.com/loa...-load-testing/
    Chris Merrill
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    http://www.webperformance.com/

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    Re: Load testing tool

    Thanks for the replies,
    I will get looking at this information and get back to you.

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    Re: Load testing tool

    Hi Chris,
    I decided to download ur product to have a go and see what i thought,
    When i try a recording it is not picking anything up they type of URL im using is http://localhost:81/xxxx/xxxxx.html
    It loads the site and i can login and browse but its not reading any pages in the status bar.
    Ive tried the troubleshooting but there is nothing in the troubleshooting or help for "Recording but not picking anything up"

    Any help would be great,
    Cheers,
    Terri

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    Re: Load testing tool

    Hi Terri87,
    I'm using JMeter http://jakarta.apache.org/jmeter for a while now and I'm quite happy about that. I execute them on test lab or staging environment (on staging environment I'm using the scheduling facilities of of my Test Management application (XStudio http://www.xqual.com who recently developed the JMeter launcher for us).
    JMeter is probably not as good as Loadrunner but for the price (free!) it's definitely a must [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
    I'm loading-testing Website and Database.
    Cheers,

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    Re: Load testing tool

    Hi lbsinclair -
    Ill download this and give it a go also,
    However from reading through documentation it reads page speeds through passing direct addresses, and applies a load to the page.
    We would be looking to set up a test to login to our application say add an employee etc and then logout and have that as our script,
    With the info you have given above is this possible?

    Thanks
    Terri

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    Re: Load testing tool

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    When i try a recording it is not picking anything up they type of URL im using is http://localhost:81/xxxx/xxxxx.html

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Terri, IE will ignore proxy settings for localhost and 127.0.0.1, which will prevent many tools from recording the browser activities. Try using the IP address of the workstation, instead (e.g. http://10.1.1.26:81/xxxx/xxxxx.html).

    Also, be sure to try the "Support Request" option in the Help menu for any technical questions, or visit http://support.webperformance.com - our support guys are great. They can help you through any questions you might have.

    Chris
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    Re: Load testing tool

    Ive been caught up doing pre release testing in the last week so havent had a cance to get on.
    I will be investigating the WebPerformance tool this week.

    Can anyone tell me if the below is possible with JMeter-
    However from reading through documentation it reads page speeds through passing direct addresses, and applies a load to the page.
    We would be looking to set up a test to login to our application say add an employee etc and then logout and have that as our script,

    Thanks again
    Terri

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    Re: Load testing tool

    Without a lot more detail, I can only give you a very general answer, which is: yes JMeter can do that. The devil is, of course, in the details. Depending on how the application is implemented that could either be easy, hard or somewhere in-between.
    Chris Merrill
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    http://www.webperformance.com/

 

 
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