Learn About Docker, Performance Testing, API Development and More at Fareoffice Hackathon

One of our favorite aspects of working in performance and load testing is that we have the privilege of working with great companies across every industry.

Every so often we make contact with a user who’s not only building great products with great success, but someone who really understands the value of DevOps and Continuous Testing.

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Webinar: How to Manage Dynamic Values in Your Load Tests

Tl;dr — We’re hosting a webinar at 1 p.m. EST June 15: “How to Manage Dynamic Values in Your Load Tests.”

  • In order to create the most realistic user scenarios possible, you need to include dynamic values
  • This webinar will be about an hour long and include a Q-and-A
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Load Impact Meetup: Building Real-World Apps in Ember.js in No Time

Tl;dr — We're hosting an Ember-focused meetup at our HQ in Stockholm. The headline of the event is "Building real-world apps in Ember.js in no time" by Filippos Vasilakis.

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Updating Django REST Framework from 2.x to 3.x

The Load Impact API backend is written in Python. We use Django as a web framework and Django REST Framework for our API.

We have been stuck on DRF (Django REST Framework) 2.2.4 for a long time, and upgrading has seemed like a huge undertaking. It's one of those things that turn into a PROJECT, and every dev meeting has some kind of tired mention of the PROJECT, although there is never time to actually start working on it.

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Load Testing Your Postman Collections

Load Impact is proud to announce that you can now reuse Postman collections in our load testing platform.

In a recent round of community feedback, the ability to take Postman collections and use them in Load Impact was one of the most-requested features we heard, and here we are — delivering what our beloved users want (and need), once again.

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Tutorial: Creating Realistic Load Tests with Advanced Mode

Tl;dr — Your script is basically the brain of your load test. We’re always looking for ways to empower our users to write load testing scripts that provide actionable web performance data. We recently hosted a webinar that shows users how to use our “Advanced Mode” to write better scripts and get better data. In this tutorial, we’ll cover:

  • Using our Chrome Extension to create load testing scripts
  • Naming conventions in your scripts to make page data easily identifiable
  • Why validating your load testing scripts is absolutely essential
  • The importance of sleep time in your scripts
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Our transition to Ember 1.13

With this post we want to share the changes we made to migrate to the latest version of Ember.js: Ember 1.13. Although most of the issues are called out (via the Ember Inspector browser extension) by the deprecation system and clearly detailed in the respective transition guides, this information may be of interest to other application developers.

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Load Impact Command Line Interface: Data Stores

Tl;dr — We recently released the Load Impact CLI to very positive reviews from our users (thanks, everyone). We’re big believers in constantly improving everything we produce, so we’re already pushing the newest update of the CLI: The ability to upload Data Stores.

  • You can upload Data Stores from the Load Impact CLI
  • This update is especially useful for companies who want to replace existing parameterized data in tests — companies who are running tests based off dynamic inventory lists, for example
  • The documentation for the Load Impact CLI is in this handy Github repo
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Webinar: How to Create Realistic Load Tests with Advanced Mode

Tl;dr — We’re hosting a webinar at 1 p.m. EST May 4: “How to Create Realistic Load Tests with Advanced Mode.”

  • This webinar will help you run more realistic tests, which will give you more actionable performance data in your results, which helps you better optimize your website, app and/or APIs
  • This webinar will last between 30-45 minutes — we’re succinct, but thorough
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Load Impact Introduces New Notifications Feature

Tl;dr — Our users asked for a webhook that could notify them when tests start and finish. Because we’re really good listeners, we built it.

  • If you want to get a simple notification when that big, important test is done, you can get it sent to wherever you like — email, Slack, HipChat, carrier pigeon (not really because the pigeon won’t understand the HTTP request)
  • This is the first iteration of these notifications, so we plan on improving them soon
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Register for our webinar: "How to Manage Dynamic Values in Your Load Tests"