Fake Response Server: Slow response time generator

Here is another quick tool built on GAE. This one is super simple, but pretty handy. Today Twitter went down, and somewhere in our system we were using the Twitter API to display one of our status feeds. Them being down became us being slow.

Well, I wanted to do some quick tests to keep this from happening again, but byt the time I got to it Twitter was responsive again. To fix it I would need to create a bad URL. The crappy thing is I wanted a slow response time, not exactly a bad response/error. Creating a 404 error is easy, just go to some url that doesn’t exists and test. But I want a slowwwww response.

I quickly searched Google for something I could use, and didn’t find one. When I realized I would have to create a fake pause endpioint somewhere I figured someone else out there might benfiift from a quick public version of this system. So, I created fake response server. The first default endpoint available sleeps for a variable time.

http://fake-response.appspot.com

and add a sleep param to changethe sleep time seconds

http://fake-response.appspot.com?sleep=5

(The default is 10 seconds)

Nothing major, but why not publicize the tool incase it can help some other shmuck out there like me 🙂

 

Cheers.