Social Load Testing?

by Jon Davis 8. July 2008 22:58

Five Runs (silly how many Ruby/Rails-oriented companies are named with two words and one with a number) developed a social load testing solution that appears to help you load test your site and trace bottlenecks in code, but instead of pounding on your own site using local automation, it allows live visitors -- fellow developers who need load tests done for their sites -- to pound on your site.

Interesting concept. We even have social networking for load testing.. LOL..

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Iconize with CacheFile

by Jon Davis 4. December 2007 02:11

I still owe myself that virtual tarball / .mrr app.

Meanwhile, I've been busy with in other ways.

  • I set up a new dedicated machine to host the site without worrying about others' sites taking the server down. It runs on Fedora / Apache.
  • On the new dedicated machine, I finally enabled gzip and caching.
  • I've been regularly adding popular script libraries as I find and qualify them.
  • The Graphics section now has two new additions:
    • famfamfam, and
    • Iconify

The latter addition, Iconify, is worth noting. If you just drop this tag on your page:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="" />

.. or ..

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="" />

.. you'll instantly get icons to show up on your hyperlinks. No image downloads necessary!

Update: Of course, this doesn't work across different domains when using Internet Explorer. *sigh* 

kick it on


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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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