By Suprotim Agarwal
Wikipedia defines Load and Stress Testing as “Load testing is the process of putting demand on a system or device and measuring its response. Stress testing refers to tests that determine the robustness of software by testing beyond the limits of normal operation”.
Due to budget constraints, my clients usually ask for some free tools to load/stress test their application, before going live. Here are some free tools to Load/Stress Test web applications. Please note that this is just a listing and is in ‘no particular order’.
The Grinder - The Grinder is a load testing framework that makes it easy to run a distributed test using many load injector machines. Test scripts are written in Jython, and HTTP scripts can be recorded easily from a browser session.
Pylot - Pylot is a free open source tool for testing performance and scalability of web services. It runs HTTP load tests, which are useful for capacity planning, benchmarking, analysis, and system tuning.
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