Yahoo’s new applet promises real-world end-user performance reporting

Just last week, I talked about why we need to use page test tools that give us information about how users in the real world experience our websites. Yahoo’s new open-source applet, boomerang, is a potentially promising solution:

boomerang is a piece of javascript that you add to your web pages, where it measures the performance of your website from your end user’s point of view. It has the ability to send this data back to your server for further analysis. With boomerang, you find out exactly how fast your users think your site is.

boomerang measures round trips, bandwidth and latency (get specifics here) and, according to its developers, can be applied to a variety of use cases.

I’m in the process of compiling a directory of diagnostic tools, along with mini reviews. If you have hands-on experience with boomerang, or if you want to suggest any other tools, let me know.

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