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Load Testing Web Sites
The Methods & Tools newsletter has just released in its archive section the article "Modeling the Real World for Load Testing Web Sites" by Steven Splaine. If you want to get an accurate idea of how your Web site is going to perform in the real world, it pays to create a load profile that closely models conditions your site will experience. This article addresses nine elements that can affect Web load.
Re: Load Testing Web Sites
The article left me cold. Sure, there were some good touch points, but where was the substance? As the old commercial for Wendy's goes, "Where's the beef?"
For instance, they talk about profiling user activities. But how? Anyone can say it's a good idea to "profile your user activities". The trick is in doing it correctly. There was no insight offered on how to do the profiling.
There are many things left out also. An example - if you have a database running behind the web app, what about loading up the tables and indexes with a representative amount of data instead of testing against empty tables?
All in all, this is a rehash of old stuff. No additional value added. There are no methods or tools in this article. It would have been much better instead of just saying "make sure you do this", the authors went into techniques of how to accomplish each of the points they touch on.