New Release

Apache JMeter 2.6 arrives

Chris Mayer

The Java testing tool gets a new gloss with new UI plus some extra bonuses

The Java load testing tool, Apache JMeter has received its first
release as an Apache top-level project with the introduction of
JMeter 2.6. The tool has been given an makeover with several GUI
improvements to make it worthy of the Apache title. 

Amongst the new additions are a new toolbar, search facility
within tree view, a new console log viewer for dynamic script
debugging and a drag-and-drop functionality. There’s also a
simplified HTTP RAW request pane which now
shows parameters without name (GWT RPC request or SOAP
request for example).

Crucially, the JMeter community has improved the graph
functionality, allowing more flexibility. 

Originally the open source 100% pure Java application was
designed for testing Web Applications, but added more arrows to its
bow by expanding to other test functions. Apache JMeter focuses on
load test functional behaviour and measure performance of
both static and dynamic resources (files, Servlets, Perl
scripts, Java Objects, Data Bases and Queries, FTP Servers and
more). Since getting Apache Top Level Project status, JMeter has
been a popular choice for those within the ASF for testing, due to
its extensibility with the plugins in its architecture.

The full changes in this release can be found at the project’s
homepage, and
there’s quite a few to savour. You can download it as
long as you have Java 5.

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