Continuous Integration in Performance Testing: PerfCast Q4 - 2016

QASource | February 22, 2017

“If an end user perceives bad performance from your website, her next click will likely be on”

- Ian Molyneaux

What’s New

  • The Apache JMeter team has released JMeter 3.1 version with following new features:

    • Improved Reports: Connect Time Graph, Response Time Percentiles, Response Time Overview graphs
    • New “sent_bytes” metric to report the number of bytes sent to server
    • New “connect_time” metric to measure the time to establish connections
    • Groovy functions support

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  • The LoadComplete has released LoadComplete 4.50 version with the following features:

    • Batch Runs: Allows to run tests in batches
    • Improved Performance Counters: Provides provision to directly add performance counters in the “Runtime” panel
    • Recording Improvements:
      • Record directly only from the launched browser
      • Prompts if current settings are not the recommended settings

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Tool(s) Evaluated

RedLine13: (Almost) Free Load Testing in the Cloud


  • Provides SaaS cloud platform for large scale load testing
  • Supports JMeter, Gatling.IO & Custom scripts (Node.js & PHP)
  • Provides Firefox plugin to capture Selenium test as a JMeter test plan
  • Supports integration with
    Jenkins CI tool
  • Executes test on AWS VMs
  • Run performance test from different geo-locations through AWS
  • Provides test reports retention on the subscribed plan
  • Run performance tests with N number of virtual users regardless of opted plan
  • Provides basic reporting for application response time & utilization of server resources [CPU, Network etc.]

Knowledge Base

Knowledge Base

Benefits of JMeter integration with Jenkins

  • Automatic execution of performance test with new build deployment
  • Instant update on performance results with email notifications
  • Generate trend reports of performance for performance analysis
Benefits of JMeter integration with Jenkins

Tips to improve page performance

  • Minimize HTTP requests:
    Reduce the number of stylesheets, images, Flash, scripts components on each page to reduce the HTTP requests’ count
  • Enable Compression:
    Compression saves bandwidth and reduce response size. Use “mod_deflate” for Apache, “HttpGzipModule” for Nginx and configure HTTP compression for IIS to enable compression
  • Ajax/Asynchronous requests:
    Requests for a web page are made up of multiple requests that updates the parts of an already loaded page
  • Enable browser Cache:
    Load web page elements from browser cache without sending request to server next time
  • Optimize Images:
    Reduce image size, use PNG, JPEG or GIFs file formats and never leave “SRC” attribute blank to avoid unnecessary traffic
  • Reduce number of plugins:
    Delete or deactivate any unnecessary plugins to improve page speed
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