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Fiddler is a free web performance tool, it is not really a property of Microsoft rather a side project by Eric Lawrence, a PM with Microsoft. I used Fiddler for both security testing and now for performance. I love it a lot. Must mention it requires Net Fx 2.0 as a prerequisite so it is limited to Windows OS. Recently Eric added support to Firefox – Fiddler Hook For Firefox, so the tool is great for both IE and FF. My related posts:
VRTA is a free web performance tool and it stands for Visual Round Trip Analyzer created by Microsoft’s Jim Pierson and used internally for sometime. It was made available for public use during last PDC 2008. Jim has written very detailed article about the tool and how it solves performance problems - 12 Steps To Faster Web Pages With Visual Round Trip Analyzer. VRTA installs and uses under the hood free Microsoft Network Monitor (Netmon) to capture and analyze network captures.
YSlow is a free performance analysis tool created by Steve Souders when he was with Yahoo. Steve created another good tool called Cuzilion. YSlowl comes with extremely good set of performance guidance that can be found here - rules for high performance web pages. YSlow requires Firebug as a prerequisite, meaning it is restricted to Firefox only.
Page Detailer is a free web performance tool from IBM. I was not able to identify any good articles that cover it – if you share with me please, or better off publish one. It does not have any prerequisites, consider it as an advantage.
Recently I stumbled on Page Speed from Google. It reminds me a Yahoo’s YSlow lot that makes me believe it comes from Steve Souders that works now for Google. It also requires Firebug as a prerequisite and works with FireFox only. It comes with nice guidance found here - Web Performance Best Practices. Must admit – I adore the concept of the tool although in most cases I cannot use it as I work for customers that IE is their target browser. Nevertheless the guidance is tool agnostic and I recommend bookmarking it for quick reference.
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Run your WCF client. Make sure WCFClient.svclog generated. This log file will be used in the next step to generate Unit Tests
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Below is a slide deck for the talk I gave today on Architect UG. The presentation focused on 16 case studies of performance that is less than optimal. The session is focused on baking performance engineering into the development lifecycle.
Each case study has a link to the detailed walkthrough and relevant resources on how to improve performance.