Ultimate Guide testing and comparing 22 Most Popular Performance Testing Tools like JMeter, Gatling Tool, Locust or The Grinder.
I think you will agree when I say:
It’s really hard to find an open-source load testing tool which suits best your needs.
You may ask yourself:
Which Open-Source load testing tool should I use? Should I use an UI or Code oriented Load Testing Tool? Which tools are valid JMeter Alternatives? And there are just so many. Well, it turns out you can save a huge amount of time by reading our complete guide!
A few things to consider before running a load test without think times.
Quick definition There are a few key parameters that you must control in order to launch relevant tests. I believe think time is one of those, and it is so often overlooked that I would like to take some time to highlight what it stands for. Any quick search on your favorite search engine will tell you that think times in load testing are meant to reproduce human interaction time.
A video comparison of the recording process in Jmeter versus OctoPerf
Today’s blog will be a short video to demonstrate how quick the recording process is with OctoPerf when compared to JMeter. We always say that OctoPerf makes JMeter easier from the design to the test results, this video will show you how the recording process can be done twice as fast with OctoPerf.
And that is not counting how we cut the complexity of the recording process to a few clicks compared to all you have to do with JMeter.
A quick overview on how fast you can launch test with OctoPerf!
If you know OctoPerf, you’ve probably figured by now that we can manage complete test scenarios from end to end along with server monitoring and configurable results. But when you put it this way it is not clear how fast OctoPerf is able to run a test. Let’s take a couple of minutes today to discover how quick it can be to record and replay a script with OctoPerf.
Simple tutorial on how to capture traffic and load test your native apps.
Context As mobility has been the trend these past years, all the users coming to a website do so from many different devices. OctoPerf allows you to simulate traffic to your website, but it also allows to simulate this kind of multi-device traffic.
That being said, to take advantage of OctoPerf possibilities, you might need to import several different user journeys. Because a mobile user is very likely to deal with a different version of the application.
A few steps to follow to achieve realistic performance tests.
Performance testing covers a wide range of different tests. The benefits can vary whether you test a single URL or a complete user journey through the application. It might seem obvious, but to add the most value to your load tests you should make them as realistic as reasonably possible.
What is the point of making a test realistic? Quick and unrealistic load tests often prove useless or even counterproductive.
About the importance of preparing your performance tests the right way.
During my past years as a tester, I often wondered how to get a higher customer satisfaction. I could go great lengths describing the required skill set and give examples (actually I already did that over here). When actually the truth is much simpler.
It’s not rocket science, it’s all about preparations and prerequisites.
Prepare to be prepared Over the years, I have worked with a lot of testers. We more or less shared the same views on how to do our jobs and even when all was not going according to the plan.
How defining clear objectives will drive your performance testing campaign?
There’s no denying the importance of a performance test campaign in the quality assurance process. But I have lost count of customers requesting load test with no specific objective (or just “improve the performance”). Running a test campaign with no objective in mind is quite risky. You might spend a lot of efforts on useless improvements whereas the critical pain points remain.
Endless tuning I worked on performance campaigns with no objective defined a couple of times.
What skills are required to run a realistic test campaign?
You have probably read countless articles about what a good tester is. Of course this is a tricky question and there is no perfect answer. Performance testing requires a mix of technical, organisational and communication skills.
I have seen good technical testers fail to deliver the right message even if they identified the source of all issues.
On the other hand, I have seen performance testers with low technical skills perform very well thanks to their communication.
Thoughts and good practices about how to present performance tests results in an efficient way.
Since I started my career as a tester, I’m often impressed by how disregarded communication in load and performance testing is. However, you can be as skilled as you want as a technical tester, if you can’t explain your analysis and convince decision makers to take actions, most of your work was in vain. In fact, I’ve seen colleagues who were not interested in the technical aspects of the job get better customer satisfaction.