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Load testing

Eric Waite

Joined: Mar 31, 2003
Posts: 12
I am writing a loadtester for our application, and I am testing against IIS/Tomcat versus Apache webserver/Tomcat.
I am threading connections to the webserver by opening a socket and writing to the outputstream.

Socket server = .....
OutputStream toServer = server.getOutputStream();

My question is probably more on the webserver side, is this an appropriate way to handle sending requests to a webserver? If I create a multi-threaded application and send 500 different requests using sockets, is this the same as 500 client browser requests, as far as the webserver is concerned?

- Eric
William Brogden
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Joined: Mar 22, 2000
Posts: 13037
Much better to use a toolkit that really simulates a browser. I like HttpClient from the Apache commons project. With a little work you can simulate more complex interactions. Since Httpclient handles cookies you can use session logic.

Eric Waite

Joined: Mar 31, 2003
Posts: 12
I had issues with most of the tools and handling applets that send serialized objects back and forth to the server.
I agree. Here's the link:
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