JMeter is awesome
May 13, 2014

JMeter is awesome

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with JMeter

I used Jmeter directly to load test a web UI in a previous role and my current employer uses it in their QA department. The main thing I love about it is that it does such a unique job of operating in a way that enables people with a diverse range of skill sets to get what they need out of it. If you just want to run a test that someone else created and analyze the stats, you just need to drop a file and you're good to go. At the other end of the spectrum, if you're building a test and want to get very specific about the test's behavior, you have a massive array of tools at your disposal. I recommend it strongly to anyone doing GUI testing.
  • Modular test construction
  • Detailed statistical reporting
  • Exportable test design
  • The level of detail it provides can be overwhelming at times for newbies. It would benefit from some improvements that made it easier to quickstart
  • It provided systemized front end testing that allowed us to set testable metrics for our UI performance at my last job. We simply didn't have a way of doing this before.
  • Once our team got over the initial learning curve, it was very easy to maintain and improve our testing which made increasing the level of quality we were providing trivial.
  • The stats don't simply measure averages, they gave me std. deviation info which let me produce reports showing how stable our response times were - which was incredibly useful as periodic back end load might not break the overall average, but it can ruin std. deviation.
I honestly don't recall finding anything that did what JMeter did. It's in a league of its own.
It's a free, open source project with great features and a strong community. If I ever need to do this form of testing again I'm definitely going back here.
It's designed to do HTTP load testing, if someone wanted to do load testing over a different protocol, then obviously you don't want it. If the user is intending to integrate results data with another system, they may face problems exporting jmeter stats into the proper format - as I recall it only exports to .csv by default.