Vue’s high decoupling capability is what distinguishes it from other front-end development frameworks and libraries like Angular and Vue. This means it is very simple to extend its functionalities as modules are included to an application. Additionally, one of the greatest advantages of Vue.js is its small size. The size of this framework is 18–21KB, which means it has great performance.
Why is Load Testing Vue Applications Important?
Smooth and friendly user experience significantly influences the success of today’s websites and web-apps. Only those applications that can effectively reduce their response times and improve their overall performance can retain their user engagement and, ultimately, survive in today’s competitive market. To put the importance of the matter into perspective, the BBC’s new portal lost around 10 percent of user engagement for every additional second the website took to load. In another study, DoubleClick by Google found that websites that loaded within 5 seconds had 70 percent longer sessions and an overall better user engagement than websites that took almost four times as long.
A lack of planning and maintenance, poorly written code and resource bottlenecks are the main concerns of slow applications. Thus, conducting performance tests and continuously monitoring applications is very important for developers in order to diagnose where their system needs special attention and resolve any potential issue that may be relenting operations. Detecting any potential issues effectively allows developers the ability to offer their users a better user experience.
Native Vue Tools to Optimize Load Times and Overall Performance
Let us look at some well-known tools to monitor and optimize load times and overall performance of Vue applications.
Vue Performance DevTools
The Vue Performance DevTool is a browser extension available for Chrome and Firefox created by Vue DevTool, which helps developers inspect the performance of Vue components. The extension statistically tests the performance of Vue components by collecting measurements through the window.performance API. The React Performance DevTool influenced the development of Vue counterpart shortly after. The browser extension helps un-mount component instances which are not being used by the app, inspect what is delaying operations and examines which components are taking more time to render.
Lighthouse is an open-source development tools created by Google to help developers diagnose the overall quality of website and web-apps. A versatile utility that can be used against any website, whether it is public or private. It evaluates performance, accessibility and SEO optimization of web pages. Additionally, Lighthouse has the capacity of testing progressive web-apps, like those built with Vue, for compliance with industry standards and best practices. Lighthouse tests performance by tracking a website’s loading speed. It reports the loading speed progression of any website in a frame-by-frame format.
Moreover, it also offers developers two key indicators, the Perceptual Speed Index and the Estimated Input Latency, which measure the app’s response time and the speed in which the content renders to the page.
Learn more about the free website speed test tool and other network performance tools from Dotcom-Tools.
Chrome Development Tools
The Chrome Development Tools (Chrome DevTools for short) are a series of web development tools built in the Google Chrome web browser that help developers from all web development backgrounds swiftly edit websites and diagnose problems with its debugging tools. In the case of Vue applications, the Development Tool’s Performance tab helps to identify how components behave live and how long it takes them to render.
The LoadView Approach to Optimizing Vue Application Performance
LoadView introduces the EveryStep Web Recorder, an amazing scripting tool that replicates client-side interactions of websites and web-apps to evaluate complex scenarios. The scripting tools supports over 40 desktop/mobile browsers and devices, as well as the latest dynamic web application technologies and frameworks used to create interactive content. This powerful performance tool is capable of simulating complex user operations like mouse clicks, hovers, and movements, image and text verification, menu selections and much more. These scripts can then be uploaded into the LoadView platform to run your Vue applications under load, so you can ensure your applications can handle the increase, or spikes, in traffic.
Additionally, developers have the option of loading custom data to the tools to replicate the same interactions from multiple users from different locations such as account log-ins, sorting and filtering information, or test dynamic behaviors. Testing repetitive tasks within the application is a breeze by manually editing the performance script in C#.
The EveryStep Web Recorder offers Vue Developers the opportunity to look deeply into their app’s components load time along with every operation hidden from the eyes of end users. It can capture overlooked interactions in the DOM that can cause function calls to external sources and measure overall response times.
Load Testing Applications Written in Vue.js: Conclusion
Vue.js is one of the three main front-end development giants of modern times. Its high decoupling development capabilities significantly cuts development efforts and offers developers the possibility to scale complex projects easily. Nonetheless, as applications grow and components compile, it is not enough to solely depend on Vue’s lightweight composition. Developers should have performance-monitoring tools such as Vue Performance DevTools in their developer toolbelts to help diagnose performance bottlenecks effectively. Additionally, the EveryStep Web Recorder, in combination with the LoadView platform, should be used to diagnose scenarios where hidden tasks could be affecting application response time and impacting the user experience. Want to know more about load testing Vue web applications? Sign up for the LoadView free trial and get $20 in load testing credits to start load testing your Vue.js applications.
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