Jmeter is a well known open source performance/load testing tool and to be fair it does a lot of stuff really well.
if you wants to do some quick performance testing without a whole lots of infrastructure around it then it is great.
I started out my task with jmeter with some objectives:
After doing an initial round of tests, i didnt like the graphs which were being produced by jmeter and i search for plug-ins to enable me plot better graphs.
I came across jmeter-plugins which is an awesome collection of jmeter plugins. Instructions to install can be found on this page.
Whilst, there are lots of usefuil graphs bundled within this plugin, i found the following graphs to be most useful
I could easily put “Active Thread Over Time” and “Response Times Over Time” to get a complete picture of my performance results solely based on response times.
And that was good enough for me.
Also jmeter only allow you to specify a ramp up period and the maximum number of thread you want to execute your tests with. I desperately wanted to be able to specify a ramp down time as well and fortunately, the Ultimate Thread Group which ships with the jmeter-plugins solves that problem for me as well.
Having jmeter-plugins installed along side with my installation of jmeter helped to get the best out of jmeter, and i was able to specify my load more realistically as well as having clear and better graphs.
In the next blog post i would discuss how i have integrated jmeter with ant, enabling me to run jmeter in command line