Load Testing: An Unorthodox Guide

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  • Gatling

    Modern Load Testing as Code

    JMeter is old and crusty and not at all friendly to work with. But I used it for years because it was really about the best we had. Today I don't wish it on anyone.

    Ruby JMeter finally made JMeter easier to manage, but I haven't worked in a Ruby shop for years, and I'm not going to force everyone to learn Ruby just to do some load testing.

    https://github.com/flood-io/ruby-jmeter

    Then along came k6. It's developer-friendly and I've seen people actually enjoy using it. I recommend anyone considering JMeter also take a look at k6. They do a better job of selling it than I do:

    https://k6.io

    I am also Gatling-curious. Seems like an option for anyone in the JVM ecosystem.

    https://gatling.io

  • locust

    Scalable load testing tool written in Python

    Agreed with a lot of the points here, like starting small with a single piece of your API, then slowly expanding your tests once you’re comfortable that you know what you’re doing.

    Note that if you use the Locust framework to write your load tests in Python, it takes care of measuring and reporting the latency and throughput for you. It’s really nice.

    https://locust.io/

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  • Ruby-JMeter

    A Ruby based DSL for building JMeter test plans

    JMeter is old and crusty and not at all friendly to work with. But I used it for years because it was really about the best we had. Today I don't wish it on anyone.

    Ruby JMeter finally made JMeter easier to manage, but I haven't worked in a Ruby shop for years, and I'm not going to force everyone to learn Ruby just to do some load testing.

    https://github.com/flood-io/ruby-jmeter

    Then along came k6. It's developer-friendly and I've seen people actually enjoy using it. I recommend anyone considering JMeter also take a look at k6. They do a better job of selling it than I do:

    https://k6.io

    I am also Gatling-curious. Seems like an option for anyone in the JVM ecosystem.

    https://gatling.io

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