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Measuring speed of web pages

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I have various scripts doing the same task written in different scripting languages (php, ASP, ASP.NET and Oracle JSP). I need to measure the speed that the (Windows) server takes to send out the pages to work out which one works best. Does anyone have any ideas about how I might accomplish this?
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by:Bustarooms
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is this what you're looking for?
http://www.websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/
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by:daveluck
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I think the speeds from that are based on the speed that the page takes to download based on the size. As the four pieces of code produce exactly the same html output to the browser they'll come out with the same times. I want to know how long the page takes to parse.
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by:sc0rp10n
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A simple way that you can do it is via javascript (or any other web languages that you use). Basically I would suggest start the timer at the top of the page, stop at the bottom of the page (or even when it should really finish processing any server-side code, and then display the difference.

This is just a general idea and im sure there are a few better ways to do it using a scripting technology.

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by:venkateshwarr
venkateshwarr earned 62 total points
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The following script gets the time(milliseconds) it takes for the response to reach the client...
Here only the response time of the page is taken and not the response time of other links like images,scripts that are associated with the page.

But here the to and fro time are also included along with server response time.... So you will get the only a propotional value and not the exact value.

<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
<!--

var objXML = new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
var html;
var starttime,endtime,diff;

starttime=new Date();
objXML.open('GET','http://www.samachar.com',false);
objXML.send();
html = objXML.responseText
endtime=new Date();
diff=endtime-starttime;
alert(diff);

//alert(objXML.responseText);

//-->
</SCRIPT>
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Splat earned 63 total points
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As an example in ASP (similar to sc0rp10n's suggestion), I record the time before my section of code starts, execute my code, and then check the time again and calculate the time taken to execute that part of the code.

eg:

<%
Dim timerStart
timerStart = Timer

' code to execute goes here

Response.Write "Time taken : " & Timer - timerStart & " seconds"
%>

That should return a the number of seconds, up to 6 decimal places.

If you can write similar code for your other languages, then you can compare the time it takes each one.

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by:daveluck
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I will try your suggestion Splat. I think it might work.
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