Keynote KITE 2.0 Measures Web Site Performance, Applications
Keynote's KITE 2.0 software lets Web site developers and implementers gauge the performance of their sites and rich AJAX-based applications. The free software from Keynote offers strong granular performance data, but developers will need to conduct some trial-and-error work with KITE's scripting tools to get it just right for them.Keynote's Keynote Internet Testing Environment, or KITE, is a desktop application for testing the performance of Web sites. While KITE is aimed primarily at Web application developers, it caught my interest as a tool for measuring the performance of an organization's current or prospective software-as-a-service-based applications. I tested KITE Version 2.0, which began shipping in August. I used KITE to create scripts of typical operations with a few Web-based SAAS applications, and then ran those scripts both from my local machine and from a collection of Keynote's global monitoring sites. I was impressed with the granular performance information the product yielded after a short period of use.
To examine and measure rich application functionality-such as through AJAX-I had to make some script modifications as described in Keynote's online product documentation.