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Use JMeter to create a website crawler

The idea behind this blog post originated when we updated our documentation after the release of our new UI. We had to identify all links used in the OctoPerf website and update them from to With more than 250 blog posts at the time I'm writing this one, you can see how this could prove challenging. And of course the twist is that we also took this opportunity to reorganize the documentation so it's not as simple as a search and replace of the domain.

This got us thinking on ways to automate it, because a lot of third party links could also be broken and of course one of those ways is to use OctoPerf itself to execute JMeter tests that will report on all the broken links.

Angular Performance Optimization - *ngFor trackBy

Yet another blog post dedicated to Angular performance optimizations. This time we will use the trackBy function of the *ngFor structural directive to optimize changes made to the DOM tree and thus optimize performances when updating a large list of items.

The use case is still a simple web application that displays a list of books. Now, a form will let the user insert a book in the list, and Delete buttons will let the user remove items from the list:

Books list create from

Angular Performance Optimization - Web Workers

In a previous blog post we identified a potential performance issue caused by calling a method from the template of an Angular component and saw that time-consuming operations could still be a problem even for an optimized application.

Prime Number Application

Using the same use case - a very simple application consisting of a number input that compute the next prime number -, we will now study how to externalise long-running operations to a web worker.

Web workers makes it possible to run a script operation in a background thread separate from the main execution thread of a web application. The advantage of this is that laborious processing can be performed in a separate thread, allowing the main (usually the UI) thread to run without being blocked/slowed down.

Performance Testing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

We are going to look at how performance testing can work hand in hand with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning:

  • We will look at how we can use data gathered from performance test scenarios during execution to determine what functionality and what concurrent volumes and load profiles we should be testing.
  • We will use very simple mathematical models to do this in conjunction with a very simple database model with several manual steps to simulate the machine learning.

As there are many Artificial Intelligence solutions to choose from and for the purposes of this post this is the easiest way to discuss the principles of Artificial Intelligence working with performance testing rather than discussing a particular framework.

Angular Performance Optimization - Virtual Scroll

This is the third blog post dedicated to Angular performance optimizations. In the previous one we saw how to set the ChangeDetectionStrategy of a component to improve the performances of a simple web application that displays a list of 100000 books (a simple component that shows a title and an author).

ChangeDetectionStrategy.OnPush strategy doubled the performances of said application, but there is still room for improvement. Indeed, rendering this many elements can be slow in any web browser.

So the subject of the current blog post is how to use virtual-scrolling to improve the performances of an Angular application?