User Expectations for Mobile Websites(1)
The thing about “performance” is that measuring it is not simple nor straightforward. The rapid rise in mobile smartphone features, functions, and usage combined with the nascent growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), has resulted in complex systems that impact performance in complicated ways. In some cases, sluggish response times may arise due to exposure to latencies that exist outside the bounds of the local applications. In other cases, it may simply be a result of large numbers of simultaneous users.
In the profession of software QA & Testing, performance testing is no longer a simple checkpoint before going live. It is a comprehensive and structured process to evaluate both mobile and web applications to ensure they deliver a great user experience under complex, challenging, and dynamic conditions. Load testing and stress testing of mobile and web applications should be an integral part of any launch plan.
Apache JMeter: XBOSoft’s Preferred Tool for Structured Performance Testing
XBOSoft decided to standardize on Apache JMeter performance testing because it is highly regarded, widely accepted, and supports all the functions required for structured performance testing. It has been around for almost 20 years, possesses a very active development community, and as it is written in Java, it is considered cross-platform. While JMeter by itself possesses useful functions, a large number of plugins are available to greatly extend its range and capabilities. With these, you can run JMeter, from test function to output reports. Additionally, JMeter web performance testing can test against a variety of interfaces, including HTTP, REST APIs, and others.
There are many benefits offered by open-source software besides a low price. Because there are many developers constantly refining open-source software, issues with security and quality can surface quickly and be addressed quickly. Open-source applications can also be tailored in flexible ways as required by the business; another benefit not easily enjoyed by those using proprietary solutions. Some key advantages promoted by Apache JMeter are:
- Open source license. JMeter is free giving developers license to create and modify without restriction.
- Friendly GUI. JMeter is easy to use.
- Platform independent. JMeter is a pure Java desktop application, so it can run on multiple platforms.
- Full multithreading framework. JMeter can be used for concurrent and simultaneous sampling of different functions by a separate thread group.
- Easy installation.
- Highly Extensible. You can write your own tests.
- Support multi-protocol. JMeter supports web application testing and all basic protocols such as HTTP, JDBC, LDAP, SOAP, JMS, and FTP.
- Record & Playback. User activity can be simulated on the browser in web applications.