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Re^4: Image Hosting Application

by Seumas (Curate)
on Jul 20, 2004 at 17:29 UTC ( #376031=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to •Re^3: Image Hosting Application
in thread Image Hosting Application

I have a simple set of testing systems replicating only the software environment. The real testing system is coming along slowly. The server was a $5,000 piece of hardware I built from scratch and I clearly didn't have another $5,000 to duplicate the same thing. Two years later, I do have the few hundred bucks it now costs - but am having one hell of a time locating the same 3Ware RAID card I used. I fell asleep and missed the one I was bidding on at eBay!

As for a load generator (which is the real requirement here)... Coming up with a simple load generator is pretty simple (the one that comes with apache - or siege for that matter) - but one that will mimic the complex activity of thousands of people bidding, buying, selling, posting items, posting messages, replying, editing images, uploading things and registering accounts is a major task.

I acknowledge that for a web developer or other professional, these things would be terribly simple to accomplish, but I'm not a web designer, web developer or programmer. I just happen to have been writing in perl for a few years and just happened to have began my exploration of the language through the building of a test auction site - which blew up in my face when thousands of people began using it.

Almost six years later, I find myself with thousands and thousands of members, thousands of auctions every day and a large need/demand for improvements yet still only my feeble brain and limited experience and knowledge to work with in the few after-work hours that I have free.

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[haukex]: But I was just using it as an author test anyway
[Corion]: haukex: Aaah - I thought you were still running these tests on every machine, but you only run these as author or Devel::Cover tests
[Corion]: haukex: Yeah, I think back then I used Test::Inline, which used a pod parser that was going through some changes and I didn't want to cater for all the various versions and thus stopped testing the Pod completely
[choroba]: I usually do this with presentations
[Corion]: But now I think statically (re)generating the Pod tests is a saner approach, and likely I'll regenerate the tests either in Makefile.PL or from xt/ but have them live below t/
[choroba]: I keep the snippets in files of their own, and use a Makefile to syntax highlight them and insert them into slides, while also running them and inserting the output if required
[Corion]: choroba: Ooooh - I didn't think of that! I write my presentations as POD and if it "roughly" looks like Perl code, I should also syntax-check that...
[haukex]: Yes sorry I don't run them all the time, my POD tests are only run as author tests (and are excluded when I'm using Devel::Cover)
[Corion]: choroba: Hmm - no, I keep the snippets inline, but as my framework also has support for capturing output etc., maybe I should do the same...
[Corion]: haukex: Yes, that approach is sane, and it heals the fragility of Pod parsers in a nice way while still syntax-checking stuff

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