MAY 2018 - Product Update

Posted by Load Impact on May 30, 2018

Busy times here at Load Impact! Not one but two new releases of k6, our open source load testing tool, since last time you heard from us. We’re moving fast towards v1.0 release, thanks to our amazing community. We love you!

Another thing we’re happy and proud of is our results analysis tool - Load Impact InsightsJust like in the Lua based product you can now generate shareable URLs to your test results in Load Impact Insights. 

Don’t forget to join our webinar next week Wednesday, where Mark will talk about how to interpret your k6 results in Insights.

Oh just one more thing, we’ve launched this new portal where you as a user can contribute with feature ideas for our product. Isn’t that neat!

Happy reading!


New k6 releases

There’s been two releases of k6 since the last product update email, so lots of new goodies!

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We're happy to see continued contributions from members of the community in these releases, from 8 people outside of Load Impact. A big thanks to the following people for contributing to k6: @antekresic, @cstyan, @cyberw, @danron, @dstpierre, @jmccann, @marklagendijk and @pkruhlei.


To see the current plan for the next release, check out this milestone, which we aim to make the v1.0 release! Have a look at our roadmap for what's up ahead, beyond the v1.0 release.

v0.20.0

New features:

  • Lifecycle: setup/teardown functions
  • Thresholds: Support for aborting test early as soon as threshold is hit
  • Options: DNS override
  • HTTP: Request information available via response object
  • HTTP: Support for HTTP Digest Authentication
  • CLI: Add -e flag environment variable flag
  • CLI: HTTP debug flag
  • Several UX improvements, bug fixes and docs updates

See the full release notes for more details.

v0.21.0

New features:

  • Test-wide tags: Complementing the already existing per-URL/custom metric/group tagging functionality
  • NTLM authentication support
  • InfluxDB output: Possibility to specify whether some tags should be stored as fields instead (performance optimization)
  • Setup/Teardown: Configurable timeouts
  • Apache Kafka output: New output "plugin" (aka collector) for sending metrics data to a Apache Kafka queue in InfluxDB line protocol or JSON format
  • Multiple outputs: Being able to use multiple metric outputs in one execution (for example JSON file+Insights or InfluxDB+Insights etc.)
  • Raw logging mode: To aid debugging of HTTP response bodies, good in combination with "quiet" mode (`-q`)
  • Several UX improvements, bug fixes and docs updates

See the full release notes for more details.


Results sharing is now supported in Load Impact Insights

Just like in the Lua based product you can now generate shareable URLs to your test results in Load Impact Insights.

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Other improvements

  • Counter custom metrics: fixed issue with display of Counter custom metrics, the data is now properly shown as cumulative.
  • Trending: fixed bug that caused no more than 10 test runs to be displayed in the trending chart, up to 100 test runs are now included.

Cloud execution beta updates

  • Support for thresholds in cloud execution
  • There’s now a “k6 Script” tab in Insights for viewing the main script file for a cloud executed test 
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  • Cloud executed tests can be aborted through the UI or the k6 CLI via Ctrl+C
  • Stability improvements: larger tests are now supported, up to 5000 VUs / 25k RPS

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Webinar: Load testing with k6 and Load Impact Insights 

Join our webinar: Website, App and API load testing with k6 and Load Impact Insights.

If you're involved in software development and/or testing of websites, apps or APIs, don't miss this webinar on load testing with k6 and Load Impact Insights. k6 is our new, open source load generator, available for download on GitHub (https://github.com/loadimpact/k6). Insights allows you to store and analyze your load test results from k6.  Built in algorithms help automate result analysis to quickly uncover performance issues.

In this webinar you'll learn:

  • How to download k6 from GitHub
  • How to stream k6 results to Insights for analysis
  • High level overview of results analysis and performance alerts

This webinar will take place on 30 May 2018 @11:00am EST and is presented by Mark Meier.

Webinar registration


Want to help us get even better? 

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We have launched a new portal for collecting product feature ideas as a way to centralize that type of feedback to get a better overview. If you would like to see a particular feature added to Load Impact head on over to our ideas portal to share your idea: https://loadimpact.ideas.aha.io/

 

Topics: load impact product updates, k6, Load Impact Insights, webinar, Load Testing

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