Author: Dave Watts
> So what are the things I should look for during and after a
> load test? Will it be obvious once I run a test? Maybe I
> should ask if it will be pretty straight forward as to what
> I need to do. Like I said I don't have any previous experience
> with load testing.
Well, unfortunately, load testing is far from a trivial process. There are
people who do nothing but load testing, which should give you an idea of the
potential complexity of the process.
You can certainly learn how to do it, though, with a little work. You might
find the tutorials on the OpenSTA site useful:
In summary, you build or write a load test script which follows a typical
user's path through the site, and within the script, you provide
instructions to record the timings of each step. Then, when you run the
test, you look at the aggregated values of these timings to determine which
pages take longer. Then, you examine those pages to see why they take
longer, and whether you can do something about it.
Dave Watts, CTO, Fig Leaf Software
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