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dynaTrace AJAX 2.0 Beta Streamlines Performance Data

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At the recent Velocity web performance conference, dynaTrace unveiled some of the new features coming in the 2.0 version of dynaTrace AJAX Edition - one of jQuery creator John Resig's favorite JavaScript testing tools.  While dynaTrace AJAX 1.0 has gotten rave reviews and collates a wealth of data for website performance testing (full JavaScript traces, full DOM traces, tracing XmlHttpRequests (XHR), Network Traffic, and deep insight into the browser’s rendering engine), dynaTrace AJAX 2.0 promises to offer even more power.  

dynaTrace AJAX is best known for filling a major gap in web development: deep performance testing tools for Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8.  Although there will eventually be support for Firefox, the main focus for dynaTrace developers is to expand the amount of data collected, automate more of its analysis, and make large amounts of data more readily understandable.

Automatic, Easily Digestible Analysis

The screenshot shows you the new Performance Report coming in 2.0, which will replace the old summary view:

The report contains summarized grades for 5 key performance indicators.  Here are the 5 major areas of performance discussed on the dynaTrace blog:

The Key Performance Indicators (KPI) tab on the Performance report shows crucial metrics that focus on how the end user will experience your site, regardless of the connection or hardware you are testing on.  Some of the KPI's include First Impression, Fully Loaded, On Server and On Client, Avg. Interactive, Avg. Wait, and Single Resource Domains.  You can find out what these mean on dynaTrace's Best Practices page.

The final feature mentioned at the Velocity conference was integration, which allows you to upload a performance analysis to a repository where your site's performance can be compared to other major web properties.

Get your own free download of the dynaTrace AJAX Edition Beta 1.


Philippe Lhoste replied on Thu, 2010/07/08 - 5:11am

Interesting tool.

Marketing note: avoid using the term "free download", which have been abused by people allowing to freely download a file... which you have to pay to use it!

Better use "download our free tool", for example. At least the page you link to proeminently shows a "why free?" link leading to a clear explanation.

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