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Simple server load test with cron and ab (Linux)

Load testing "refers to the practice of modeling the expected usage of a software program by simulating multiple users accessing the program concurrently. As such, this testing is most relevant for multi-user systems; often one built using a client/server model, such as web servers."

I've found many articles online explaining how ApacheBench lets you "load test" with a single command from a Linux terminal, but is this a realistic load test? A single execution of ab is a very limited simulation of what actually happens when multiple users try to access your web application. A server may perform well if it has to work hard for a 30 seconds (possible execution time of an ab command), but what happens when 20000 extra requests hit your web app after it's already been stressed for hours?


Apache HTTP server benchmarking tool (ApacheBench) is a simple yet great tool which was "designed to give you an impression of how your current Apache installation performs.…

Dockerize your Django App (for local development on macOS)

I'm writing this guide on how to containerize an existing (simple) Python Django App into Docker for local development since this is how I learned to to develop with Docker, seeing that the existing django images and guides seem to focus on new projects.

For more complete (production-level) stack guides you can refer to Real Python's Django Development with Docker Compose and Machine or transposedmessenger's Deploying Cookiecutter-Django with Docker-Compose.

Pre-requisitesAn existing Django app which you can run locally (directly or in Virtualenv). We will run the local dev server with manage.py runserver.A requirements.txt file with the app dependencies, as is standard for Python projects; including MySQL-python.Working local MySQL server and existing database. (This guide could easily be adapted for other SQL engines such as Postgres.)Install Docker. You can see Docker as a virtual machine running Linux on top of your OS ("the host"), which in turn can run con…