Automated Web Performance Testing before 5PM

Simon Nicoud (Neustar), Mark Watson (Neustar), Ian White (Neustar)
Web Performance Ballroom ABCD
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The goal of this talk is to help you build a performance testing framework for your web application in under a day. We will explore two of the popular open source browser automation technologies (Selenium and Watir), how they work, common pitfalls, and how tools such as Fiddler and the new Web-Timings standards (as supported in IE9, Firefox 4, and Chrome) can be used to gather performance metrics. We will also show you how to design your site in such a way to make automation and metrics gathering easier.

With web performance being critically important, organizations need to adopt performance monitoring as early as possible in their development life-cycle. Performance engineers and Operations require this data to monitor potential problems and the current state of the system, while developers and QA need this information to prevent regressions and get instant feedback on any code changes.

This presentation is aimed at teams new to automated browser testing tools, or at least the free, open source options. An attendee will walk away knowing what to test and how to get there. The tools available today are powerful and simple enough to get even a novice up and running in under a day.

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Simon Nicoud


Simon Nicoud has worked in and helped shape the external web performance monitoring industry for the past six years. Currently, as the Engineering Manager at Neustar Webmetrics he is overseeing the next evolution of web testing tools for our customers.

Mark Watson


As a part of the engineering team at Neustar Webmetrics, Mark Watson is responsible for creating the tools that the Webmetrics Monitoring Suite is comprised of. He is primarily focused on the client side, extracting performance metrics out of browsers and on furthering the ease of performance monitoring.

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Ian White


Ian White has been working with BrowserMob for the past two years, focused on cloud-based website monitoring and load testing. He came to Neustar when BrowserMob was acquired last year and continues to lead development of the product. Ian has been involved with consumer websites for more than six years, garnering real-world experience with site optimization, scaling and performance testing in the process.

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Mark J. Levitt
06/20/2011 3:04am PDT

@Dhwani, the slides are up; see links at the top of the page ^

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H. "Waldo" Grunenwald
06/19/2011 10:04pm PDT

The speakers did exactly what they set out to do: giving the audience member a jumpstart toward a monitoring solution. Unfortunately, there was a lot of wasted time and effort in getting it going. Between that, the swapping of speakers, and the late hour of the talk, my attention and interest was on the wane. I’ll be revisiting this talk later when I have more time and attention to give to it.

Dhwani Dagli
06/15/2011 3:44am PDT

When will the slides be available? Thanks in advance!

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Steve Souders
05/19/2011 7:58am PDT

Years ago I helped deliver tools developers could run manually to look at their site’s performance, but that doesn’t scale. Large websites with rapid dev cycles need automated performance testing. The tools are out there and many companies, large and small, have built performance testing regression frameworks. If you don’t have one, come find out how to build your own in a day.

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  • Neustar
  • Betfair
  • Cotendo
  • Rackspace Hosting
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  • Equinix
  • Facebook
  • New Relic
  • Opscode
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • AppDynamics
  • Aptimize
  • Blaze
  • CDNetworks
  • Cedexis
  • Citrix Systems
  • Compuware Corporation
  • Dyn Inc.
  • F5 Networks
  • Heroku
  • Percona
  • Quest Software
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • SiteSpect
  • Splunk
  • Strangeloop
  • WatchMouse
  • Zeus Technology
  • Neustar

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