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I. Preliminary Considerations > 4. Performance Monitoring

Chapter 4. Performance Monitoring

The first thing you should do in tuning a web site is to monitor that site so you can see patterns and trends. From this you’ll know whether you’re helping or not. And as we will see later, the same programs we write for monitoring can also be used for load testing.

In this chapter, we first define some parameters of performance. Then we show how to monitor them with free software from http://patrick.net/, without installing anything on production machines.


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