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A valid point on how request per second is not an accurate metric on web apps performance #nodejs #nginx

One of the most harmful things about people discussing the performance of web applications is the key metric that we use. Requests per second seems like the obvious metric to use, but it has several insidious characteristics that poison the discourse and lead developers down ever deeper rabbit holes chasing irrelevant gains. The metric prevents us from doing A/B comparisons, or discussing potential improvements without doing some mental arithmetic which appears beyond the capabilities of most of us.

Full article: http://www.therailsway.com/2009/1/6/requests-per-second/

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