I am writing this particular post just to mention “Web Performance Test Recorder” in my blog. This is a very useful tool that can be used for load testing the web applications. Though it is available in only the Ultimate flavor of the Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft has made it available to all the flavors of VS for the higher versions.
The reason I have focusing on this tool is that this tool has helped my team fix a weird issue recently. Of course, we, as a developer, find every other issue to be weird. 🙂 We had a new release pushed into the production. And out of the blue, we are getting GeneralADOException exceptions related to failed inserts, updates to our Oracle backend. Everything was working just fine. Our local development environment worked like a charm, as usual. :p The damned production and UAT sites were logging these numerous errors. After brainstorming for a couple of days, one of the geeks from our team decided to load test the web, using this tool and Voila! the source of issue was found. Phew!!!
Since then, I have become a huge fan of this tool. MSDN has provided a very detailed documentation for getting started with Web Performance and Load Testing here.
I hope you can benefit from this, as I and my team did. 🙂
Happy Coding!!! 🙂