A slow test suite can put a damper on test-driven development. In this episode I show a variety of ways to optimize specs including: selective testing, preloading Rails, and testing outside of Rails.
Rails commands, such as generators, migrations, and tests, have a tendency to be slow because they need to load the Rails app each time. Here I show three tools to make this faster: Zeus, Spring, and Commands.
Learn how to add performance tests that automate benchmark and profile reports. Here I show how to find the bottlenecks to optimize a page. I also show how to compile Ruby with gcdata to get information about memory usage.