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Bayo Erinle
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Book Description

26 July 2013 1782165843 978-1782165842

Learn how to test web applications using Apache JMeter with practical, hands-on examples


  • Create realistic and maintainable scripts for web applications
  • Use various JMeter components to achieve testing goals
  • Removal of unnecessary errors and code compilation
  • Acquire skills that will enable you to leverage the cloud for distributed testing
  • Effectively monitor server resources during performance testing
  • Extend JMeter functionality by installing plugins

In Detail

Performance testing with JMeter 2.9 is critical to the success of any software product launch and continued scalability. Irrespective of the size of the application’s user base, it’s vital to deliver the best user experience to consumers. Apache JMeter is an excellent testing tool that provides an insight into how applications might behave under load enabling organizations to focus on making adequate preparations.

Performance Testing with JMeter 2.9 is a practical, hands-on guide that equips you with all the essential skills needed to effectively use JMeter to test web applications using a number of clear and practical step-by-step guides. It allows you take full advantage of the real power behind Apache JMeter, quickly taking you from novice to master.

Performance Testing with JMeter 2.9 begins with the fundamentals of performance testing and gets you acquainted with JMeter. It will guide you through recording realistic and maintainable scripts.

You will acquire new skills working with tools such as Vagrant, Puppet, and AWS, allowing you to leverage the cloud to aid in distributed testing. You will learn how to do some BeanShell scripting and take advantage of regular expressions, JMeter properties, and extension points to build comprehensive and robust test suites. Also, you will learn how to test RESTful web services, deal with XML, JSON, file downloads/uploads, and much more. Topics like resource monitoring, distributed testing, managing sessions, and extending JMeter are also covered.

Performance Testing with JMeter 2.9 will teach you all you need to know to take full advantage of JMeter for testing web applications, dazzle your co-workers, and impress your boss! You will go from novice to pro in no time.

What you will learn from this book

  • Set up and prepare Apache JMeter for testing
  • Record test scenarios or create them from scratch
  • Test RESTful web services
  • Effectively monitor resources during a performance test
  • Maintain and manage user sessions
  • Distributed testing using Vagrant, Puppet, and AWS
  • Extend JMeter functionality through plugins
  • Understand and effectively use JMeter components to achieve testing needs
  • Build realistic, comprehensive, and maintainable test plans
  • Capture form submissions and appropriate handle server responses


Performance Testing With JMeter 2.9 is a standard tutorial that will help you polish your fundamentals, guide you through various advanced topics, and along the process help you learn new tools and skills.

Who this book is written for

This book is for developers, quality assurance engineers, testers, and test managers new to Apache JMeter, or those who are looking to get a good grounding in how to effectively use and become proficient with it. No prior testing experience is required.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (26 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782165843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782165842
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Bayo Erinle

Bayo Erinle is a software engineer with over nine years of experience in designing, developing, testing, and architecting software. He has worked in various spectrums of the IT field including government, finance, and healthcare. As a result, he has been involved in the planning, development, implementation, integration, and testing of numerous applications, including multi-tiered, standalone, distributed, and cloud-based applications. He is always intrigued by new technology and enjoys learning new things. He currently resides in Maryland, US, and when is he not hacking away at some new technology, he enjoys spending time with his wife Nimota and their three children, Mayowa, Durotimi, and Fisayo.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Lizzie
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A few good ideas and covered the basics, but even for a beginners guide it lacked much detail. There are some step by step tutorials on useful features which are clear and helpful. It is also good to finally have a JMeter book that is uptodate (although the plugins site has changed url since publication). However, a lot of the detail is simply in narrative form and when you boil it down merely says "JMeter can do this..." - which is less than the JMeter manual. There is a lot of time spent explaining JMeter's server-client distributed testing functionality before explaining that it is totally inadequate. The book feels like the author has used JMeter in a specific way (using a limited set of features), has described that and then bolted on a few extra bits to pad it out.
There are many free tutorials posted online that cover JMeter more comprehensively, but for JMeter beginners who want to save a bit of surfing time, this book should help get them started.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly frustrating 9 Dec 2013
By snakee
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This book tries to cover numerous complex topics in a simple and consise way, but I have lost count of the number of examples in the book that are either wrong or just don't work. It does not go into anywhere near enough depth and is littered with mistakes. For example, the scripts that are provided to launch virtual machines on AWS simply do not work, and without deep techincal knowledge there is no way to resolve them.

Don't expect to buy this book and become an expert on Jmeter. It is reasonable as a starting point, but you will constantly need to explore the concepts in this book yourself on the internet to get things working (perhaps thats a good thing, but it reduces the quality of the book considerably).

Unfortunately there is no real competion in the marketplace for this book currently. You are better off exploring the numerous blog posts (that are obviously avaiable for free) on Jmeter than you are spending any money on this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction, lacks some polish 30 Aug 2013
By Greg B
Format:Kindle Edition
This book takes you through details as to why you'd want to use JMeter (or other performance testing tools), before then guiding the installation period. It gives a good overview and introduction to the broad range of uses of JMeter, highlighting the flexibility on offer in this excellent tool. For each of the topics, examples and walk-through exercises are presented after the initial blurb about where this feature could be useful.

It perhaps falls down with a little bit of too much detail too early, and also some of the examples lack some polish and layout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great tutorial on getting started 13 Sep 2013
By O. Prusak - Published on
If you're thinking about using or learning JMeter then you've probably already checked out the official JMeter documentation. The problem is that the official documentation (at reads like an encyclopedia for techies and not a simple to use getting started manual.

If you're looking to LEARN Jmeter (and start testing after a couple of hours of reading) then Performance testing with JMeter 2.9 does an excellent job of actually teaching you how to use JMeter step-by-step and not just providing a reference manual. The book starts with a bit of performance testing overview but quickly gets into the fundamentals of using JMeter. I also liked how the author was able to explain terms used in JMeter for the non JMeter users. For example, JMeter uses the term thread which is a very technical way of saying virtual or simulated user.

This book could be the basis for getting started with JMeter course.

The main reason I give the review just 4 stars is that it could have been more comprehensive. Some of the more advanced topics are not covered adequately or at all.
For example, I would have wanted to see more coverage of:
- reporting options and analysis (as well as third party reporting tools)
- integration with third party tools for CI such as Jenkins
- better coverage of JMeter as a service options for running in the cloud. (while the author provides quite a bit of detail of running distributed JMeter on your own, JMeter cloud providers like BlazeMeter make much more sense)

Overall, an excellent book and in my opinion the ONLY book on the market if you want to learn JMeter quickly and easily)
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners who want to take advantage of JMeter 15 Aug 2014
By hakbox android - Published on
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This book is great for a quick refresher if you haven't used JMeter in a while. It's also great for people who have not used JMeter before, as it gives some very basic and easy to understand step by step instructions on getting setup to run your first load and performance tests. It also covers some more advanced topics, albeit at a very high level.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jmeter for everyone (with elements of performance testing) 26 April 2014
By Zofia Nowinska - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was looking for a book which help me to learn more about new version of JMeter and prepare training for my colleagues.
I found this book a very good source of information, with practical advices in performance testing, with examples from real world.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's like JMeter's online documentation with some nice extra cherries 22 April 2014
By L. S. Hoogenboom - Published on
If you've read the JMeter online manual from you have already read 90% of this book. That being said, the book is still worth reading for the remaining 10%. If you need to test Web Applications then chapter 3 on handling JSON and XPath might save you a lot of time and can help you make your scripts more robust. The book won't discuss these topics exhaustively but will point you in the right direction to give you a running start. The same goes for those that need to put high loads on some enterprise system. Chapter 6 offers some refreshing ideas on distributed testing with JMeter leveraging the cloud. Using an open source tool instead of commercial services for these loads might save your company a ton in license fees.

If you're in the habit of testing Web Applications this is a good book to buy, but otherwise I'd consider sticking to JMeter's online documentation.
5.0 out of 5 stars The only resource you need to understand JMeter 5 Oct 2013
By Yinka Erinle - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
For anyone that has ever tried to read the JMeter documentation, you will agree it leaves you wanting. Look no further because this book fulfills that desire.

Although it is not the first book on JMeter, it is certainly the one with the most current and relevant information in regards to leveraging the power of the tool for modern software stacks.

Chapter 1: Begins by detailing a performance issue on a website that occurred due to a sudden surge in web traffic, a scenario that is commonly known as been slashdotted or techcrunched (Articles on any of these sites can significantly increase traffic to a website mentioned in the article). Then the book makes the case for performance testing, explains what is, where it fits in the SDLC process and why we should care.

Chapter 3: Walks you through scenarios that are required for testing a web application by showing ways to tame any form elements on a web page. Also explains how to go about testing RESTful services, handling JSON or XML.

Chapter 6: On distributed testing is full of amazing useful information, you learn how to configure a test involving multiple slave nodes on the same machine, the author walks you through the process of setting up and using vagrant to do this. While your mouth is still wide opened digesting the new possibilities you now have available in ensuring your application can handle concurrent requests and load, the author kicks it up a notch by showing you how to use the same configuration in the cloud (AWS).

It's amazing the amount of information the author manages to deliver in 200+ pages.

The book has so many useful tips and I firmly believe it is currently the best resource on JMeter.

If you are working with JMeter or plan to, do yourself a favor and get this book.
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