Want to find out which pieces of your site break down under load first, so you know how you'll need to scale before your systems catch fire? Load testing answers this question, and these days you can simulate full user behavior in a load test, rather than merely hammering a single endpoint.

In this talk, we'll go through a number of conceptual points that you won't want to miss in order for your load tests to perform their intended purpose. Then we'll jump into implementation details, using the K6 load test tool to build a load test that exercises an application in a way that's similar to what we'd see in real life.


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Eugen Neuber at 13:57 on 9 Mar 2019

Great talk!
I got new insights!

Steve Grunwell at 15:06 on 9 Mar 2019

Ian is one of those people who can take very complex topics and distill them down to their key points, which is fantastic. Just being in the same room as Ian makes you feel smarter and more capable, yet woefully underprepared by comparison.

This talk covered the fundamentals of load testing with some great, real-world examples. Demonstrating long-running CLI tools does get a little dry, however (especially right after lunch). Fantastic information, but abbreviated or accelerated demos might help engage the audience more.

Roger Creasy at 08:53 on 12 Mar 2019

Really good talk. I came away with some new tools I can use. Ian did a great job of starting with the familiar and moving on to more complex. I learned much and left with things to research and explore further.