JMeter Users: The One Book You MUST Read This Year
Good books on JMeter are hard to find. In fact, there are just three books on JMeter available in the entire world - and two of them were written by the same author.
The JMeter Cookbook is Bayo Erinle’s second JMeter book and the third such book in existence. Much as its name suggests, it comprises a collection of instructions (or recipes) teaching you how to setup and execute various tasks with JMeter.
I took the book upon myself as a personal project. With five years of experience extending JMeter with plugins and supporting the community, I was selected as one of the technical reviewers by the book’s editors. Due to the rarity of such books and the wide spectrum of knowledge it imparts, it struck me as a great way to contribute to the JMeter community.
So what does it give to the JMeter community?
70 JMeter Recipes for Users of ALL Levels
The thing that’s great about the ‘Cookbook’ format is that it covers a wide range of topics and shows step-by-step guides for each one. It’s easy for anyone to use. Have this book at hand when you’re load testing and you can just dip in and out of it, selecting only the areas that you need to learn about and finding quick solutions.
The technical levels of the ‘recipes’ vary greatly. Even if you don’t know anything about JMeter, you can pick up the book and get started - it includes installation instructions for all the tools and applications you’ll need to use. However, it goes on to cover much more advanced topics for experienced users like using DSLs, developing custom plugins, and using JMeter in the cloud.
Downloadable Code Files
The book includes working examples of test plans with downloadable code files for every example. This is a great source of education for JMeter scripters.
Today’s “Hot” Issues Explained
This ‘Cookbook’ addresses the most important issues that we’re facing today, such as how to tackle AJAX centric applications, single page apps. JSON files etc. It also covers JMeter 2.11 - the most recent JMeter version at the time of publication.
Can’t we get all this information online?
I can almost hear you thinking: “Who needs books? We have the internet!”
True, you can get the answers to many JMeter queries online. However, I personally think it’s important to draw information from different formats. By reading the book from beginning to end, you get more than just answers to JMeter FAQs, you get a way to improve your knowledge and extend your capabilities
That’s why I think it’s worth taking a break from your computer screen for a few hours and learning the ‘old fashioned’ but more systematic way :)
Still prefer learning JMeter online?
No worries! We have loads of online resources to help you become a JMeter guru. These include: