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Recording HTTP traffic with Fiddler

Fiddler is an HTTP proxy primarly designed to debug HTTP requests. It allows to capture HTTP traffic and export it in different format. OctoPerf supports importing HAR (Http Archive v1.2), which is precisely what Fiddler can do. In this post, you will learn how to record your web or mobile app with Fiddler, and then run a load test from the Cloud with OctoPerf.

We are going to use FiddlerCap, which is a very simple and powerful.

Why recording

Recording an HTTP app is the best way to run realistic load tests. You are guaranteed to capture the real HTTP traffic between a customer and your web app. It's also quicker to record the traffic instead of creating it manually from scratch.

Recording HTTP traffic with JMeter

JMeter is an open-source load testing tool. See related posts if you want more information about JMeter. JMeter allows to record HTTP traffic with its built-in HTTP(S) Test Script Recorder. OctoPerf natively supports importing JMeter recordings.

Installation

First, you need to install JMeter on your computer:

  • Get JMeter from JMeter Download Page,
  • Decompress the archive,
  • Run JMETER_HOME/bin/jmeter executable (extension depends on your OS).

JMeter GUI should appear. JMeter is a Java program, it requires a Java JRE. Install one if you don't have any.

JMeter vs Gatling Tool

I think you'll agree when I say:

It's REALLY hard to decide whenever JMeter or Gatling Tool should be used.

You're probably wondering:

  • How does JMeter to Gatling Tool compare?
  • Which tool has best documentation? Performances? Script Maintainability?
  • Should I use JMeter or Gatling? Or maybe both?

Well, it turns out you can gain significant insight on JMeter and Gatling differences in just 5 minutes reading!

Following up our article about why we chose JMeter to build OctoPerf, our Cloud Load Testing Platform, this post compares JMeter and Gatling Tool on many different fields:

  • Project History: which tools is improved and maintained more actively,
  • Features: which of the two has the most features,
  • Setup: how each tool can be installed,
  • Documentation: which tool does have the most complete documentation,
  • Scripting: compares how to design scripts with both tool,
  • Performances: is JMeter faster than Gatling? Which is the most efficient tool,
  • and even more!

Ready for some action? Let's go!

Page Response time Perception

The visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine's unpaid results depends on its loading speed. Since 2010, Google announced that Webmasters should optimize their web pages loading speed because it's going to be a ranking criteria: Page speed and Search Engine Ranking. Matt Cutts predicted this change on his blog.

Moreover, global website performance is also important for your visitors. Most people dislike when a website is stuck loading the page, and leave without coming back. With internet being faster and faster, people become more impatient and refuse to wait.

With increasing network speed, both on mobile and desktop, users are used to quick page loading. This would have been a completely different story when users were connecting using 56k. Did you know that most people leave a website after 2 seconds of waiting?