5 Tools Everyone in The Performance Testing Industry Should Be Using: I am not going to talk about typical performance testing tools like HPE LoadRunner, Apache JMeter, LoadUI, WebLOAD, or WebSurge. You are going to know about 5 tools everyone in the performance testing industry should be using. This is just generic list I am going to share which always helped me to script and to identify and resolve issues while scripting. Most of the time I spent in HPE LoadRunner, CA LISA, and Apache JMeter from past 5+ years. Below tools mostly fit for the above said tools.
Fiddler is a product from Telerik. It is a free web debugging proxy for any browser, system or platform. Fiddler is free tool but if you want enterprise priority support, you need to pay $999/user. Latest version of HPE LoadRunner has a built-in Fiddler engine, in case if you are working on other tools like Apache JMeter, Fiddler definitely saves your time to resolve scripting issues.
Fiddler also has recording and web session manipulation feature which will help you to manipulate and edit web sessions. Also you can generate LoadRunner script from Fiddler session which will expedite your process of creating scripts.
Developer Tool from Chrome famously known as CTRL + Shift + I definitely every performance tester should use to test the network, resources, calculate page load response time etc. Five major browsers such as Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera, and Safari has web development tools and add-ons which help developers and testers to debug each request and response. Also you can edit the cookies to test.
HTML and the DOM viewer/editor is commonly included in the suite. By simple right click on the object and Inspect Element will reveal the source code.
Microsoft Excel definitely a life saver for any testers. Testers and Engineers who often play around with statistics, capacity planning, comparing the metrics, benchmarking, and predictive analysis, Microsoft Excel is truly a productivity suite.
You can plot beautiful charts, graphs, create performance test reports, and do more stuffs in Excel. I always use the latest version in my laptop. If you want to check out my book on Excel, you can check out here for $0.99.
BlazeMeter Chrome Extension
If you want to quickly create JMeter script, BlazeMeter Chrome extension helps you out. Install the extension, and click on Recording to start. Once it is done, simple click on .jmx button will give JMeter script. You can save time by creating test plan manually in JMeter. Also, if you want to run test, mention the concurrency and click on Run button.
Often I face issues in the XML beautification, CA LISA comes with the built-in XML beautifier. But it just arranges the tags in order. I use http://codebeautify.org/xmlviewer for beautifying XML, which also converts XML to JSON, XML in Tree View, minify it, beautify it instantly.
Above tools are not in any particular order. I just listed as per my usage percentage. If you are using any other productivity tools for performance testing, please comment it in the below section.