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Running, debugging and analyzing load tests using JMeter

In a recent tip series, resident site expert Mike Kelly explored JMeter, a popular and free — open source load testing tool. He uses JMeter frequently because of its easy of use and supports several programming languages, including HTTP/HTTPS, SOAP, JDBC, LDAP and JMS.

In the first tip, Kelly shows how to run a load test on a proxy server. Using graphics and a step-by-step approach, Kelly describes the ins and outs of setting up the proxy server and related processes.

The second tip walks through running a load test from start to finish. He covers basic and advanced methods and features, such as record-playback and freeze frame.

Kelly’s tip on debugging load tests finishes the series. He suggests shortcuts for finding issues, identifying causes and resolving problems, shedding light on some elusive, yet common, flaws discovered in load tests and how to analyze and interpret results.

    JMeter tip series

  1. Running your first load test with JMeter
    JMeter is a highly recommended software tool for load testing open source Java applications. JMeter supports various technologies ranging from HTTPS – SOAP. Learn how run your first Jmeter test in this tip.
  2. Recording and running software load tests with JMeter
    Recording JMeter load tests can simplify the creation of Samplers needed for your test plans. This tip explains how to record JMeter test results and analyze the data generated.
  3. Tips for debugging your JMeter tests
    Learn how to interpret and debug JMeter HTTP proxy tests in this software testing expert tip. Mike Kelly describes the entire JMeter testing process in this three-part series that starts with running a JMeter test, interpreting results and finally debugging application test criteria.

If you have questions about JMeter that are not answered in this series, you can ask Mike Kelly for information and advice. Write to him at Ask the Expert.

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Can you tell me? How to use correlation in jmeter?