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Load testing your applications is much like flossing your teeth or taking out the garbage: you know you should do it; you know (vaguely, perhaps) that there will be consequences if you don't do it - and yet somehow it always seems to slip to the last item on the to-do list. Until, of course, there's a crisis of some kind. It's useful to reiterate why it's worthwhile to load-test before a crisis. In the first place, you want to be able to give yourself and/or your client confidence that the application you're building can handle the expected traffic - and the only way to do that is to actually simulate that traffic. It's a little too easy to assume that if an application performs well under "normal" testing conditions that it will behave the same way (if only, perhaps, a little slower) under higher-traffic conditions. In many cases, however, that's just not so. Sec... (more)