Performance testing is an essential part of any web application development process. It is a process that helps web developers and the organisation they work for determine how well their web application will perform in real life situations. This includes checking to see if the site can handle an influx of traffic, and also how it measures up in terms of scalability, efficiency and reliability.
According to professional advice by New Zealand’s Hosting experts, Umbrellar Cloud Hosting, “It is recommended that every DevOps and QA team carry out performance testing on their web apps before deployment, in order to avoid the embarrassment and potential loss that can occur from launching a problematic app into production.”
There are tons of tools and resources that can be used to check the performance level of your web application during the testing stage, but this list includes some of the important ones you should know about.
- LoadUI Pro
LoadUI Pro is an easy to use graphical interface performance testing tool by SmartBear that allows you to easily and quickly create script-less load tests, upload them to the cloud using load agents and monitor how well your servers perform as you increase the load. LoadUI Pro makes it easy to quickly automate your load testing on Bamboo, Jenkins, TFS and any other automated framework. You can also easily get load tests from test cases if you are already using SoapUI, without having to write a single line of code. This tool also provides comprehensive access to reports that can help you determine the performance level of your application.
LoadView is a full-featured, on-demand performance testing tool that allows QA teams to carry out hassle-free web load and web stress testing. LoadView is unique from other performance testing tools in that it performs the test in real browsers, a process that emulates real life users and so produces highly accurate data. LoadView is also cloud-based, scalable, easy to use and can be set up in minutes. The test results are computed and made available on graphs and charts in real-time. The results provide a good idea of how your website will react to an increase in the number of simultaneous online users – a number that can reach the thousands.
- Apache Jmeter
Apache Jmeter is an open source performance and load testing tool that helps in measuring and analysing the performance of web applications and web services. It works with a variety of protocols including HTTP, HTTPS, XML, SOAP, FTP, Java, etc. Apache Jmeter has the capacity to be loaded into a network server to check its performance and see how it works under different conditions. Because of its user-friendly interface, it requires less scripting efforts than a lot of other testing tools.Even though Apache Jmeter was originally designed as a testing tool for web applications, it has evolved to cover a variety of services including Perl Scripts, Servlets and JAVA objects.
LoadRunner is a performance testing tool by HP. This product, which can be bought from the software division of the IT giant, is very handy in determining and monitoring the performance of a system that carries an actual load. One of the key features of this tool is that it can support thousands of simultaneous users at the same time. LoadRunner makes it possible to understand and generate the necessary information to measure performance on a web application and the infrastructure supporting it. With this type of testing tool, the risk of deploying an application that does not meet the expectation of users is reduced significantly.
NeoLoad is a sophisticated performance testing tool/platform used for automating test designs, analysis and measuring for QA and DevOPs teams. It provides an easy to use method for measuring and analysing how a web application will perform under certain situations and provides insights on how you can further optimize your application so that it can perform better. NeoLoad works by increasing the size of traffic to the website and gauges how the website performs under heavy load. This platform is designed to work faster than most performance tools and provides a good idea of how many simultaneous users your website can manage at the same time. Developed by French company Netosys, NeoLoad is written in JAVA and available in English and French.
- Rational Performance Tester
Rational Performance Tester (RPT) by IBM is a performance testing tool that helps QA teams to access and determine the reliability of web applications before they are deployed fully into production. RPT creates a sample version of what the actual transaction process between user and web server will look like. The results gotten from this snapshot will provide the information needed to improve the efficiency of the application. Any potential issue or bottleneck in the web application can be identified and rectified before launch.RPT provides one of the best options for creating an error free cloud-based service and provides highly accurate results without the need for coding.
SmartMeter.io was developed as an alternative to Jmeter and works using a similar process. However, this highly regarded performance tool was developed to fix its drawbacks. SmartMeter.io sports an easy test creation process that does not require a browser plugin or a proxy setup. It shows automatically created results that provide all the details needed to determine how well the web application performs. The returned results contain automatically evaluated acceptance criteria, graph comparison tool, statistics and trend analysis. SmartMeter.io is also very good for distributed testing, CI/CD integration, and performance testing for Vaadin apps.
Overall, there are even more instruments to test web application performance. However, high-quality QA can be performed only by the experienced professional. Lack of expertise can lead to inadvertable code errors and create even more mess than before. If you want to have an application of the best possible quality – feel free to contact us. We are ready to help you get a well-functioning, intuitive, resilient, and user-friendly web application.