Author: Ivan Lisitsyn

How to analyze a load test report? Part 2: Test design problems.
Testing practice WAPT usage

How to analyze a load test report? Part 2: Test design problems.

When you start load testing a web site (especially if this is the first load test in your life) you may see a lot of errors in the report. Possibly you will even have to stop the test before it completes, because at some point in time it becomes clear that something goes wrong. If the problem is not so obvious, it is still recommended to check the report for the errors related to each virtual user profile (i.e. to each different type of virtual users) before looking at any performance data.

Usually you do not create a high load in the very first test of a web site, so if you see any errors in the report, most probably they appear because of the test design problems. In other words, the emulation of the real user activity is performed incorrectly. Your web application may produce errors and even refuse connections because it receives incorrect data from your load testing tool. Why this may happen?

New release: WAPT 8.1 and WAPT Pro 3.1
WAPT usage

New release: WAPT 8.1 and WAPT Pro 3.1

We are proud to announce the release of new versions of our products: WAPT 8.1 and WAPT Pro 3.1. This upgrade is free for all registered users of WAPT 8.0 and WAPT Pro 3.0 correspondingly. So, if you already have a license, you can download new versions and update your installation.

Note that load agents and x64 Load Engines should be also updated for use with the latest version of WAPT Pro.

Even though formally this is a minor upgrade, new versions have a number of features that really make the difference. Now I would like to mention couple technical details about the features that I treat as the most important.

WAPT 8.1 and WAPT Pro 3.1 beta versions
WAPT usage

WAPT 8.1 and WAPT Pro 3.1 beta versions

It has been a while since we last updated our products, and now we plan to do this very soon. This time we decided to provide beta versions to our users couple weeks before the official release, as there are several highly requested new features. So, I am happy to let you know that new versions are available for download.

These versions are fully functional and hopefully not too raw to try. However if you find a bug, you are welcome to report it as usual. We will do our best to provide a fix as soon as possible.

New versions are compatible with the current official builds of all extension modules [..]

Extreme online shopping with WAPT Pro
General Testing practice WAPT usage

Extreme online shopping with WAPT Pro

Recently we have discovered that our load testing solution can be applied in a quite unusual way. One of our users has shared his “success story” with us. It perfectly shows how widely you can apply the product if you know its features very well and have a good fantasy.

The story is actually about Cyber Monday online shopping. You know, some web sites run very special actions to attract customers. They sell limited number of items at exceptionally low prices. In theory you can make a very good deal if you participate. In practice this is almost impossible, because each new item is ordered by someone immediately after it becomes available. Here is where WAPT Pro appeared to be a great automation solution.