Quick post about a great tool I came across to test the response time of a web service : httping
As its name suggests, it's like ping but for http requests ! Its options are vast enough to fit with any of your dreams so just try it out, it's a must-have.
Sample usage :
$ httping -g 'http://google.com'
PING google.com:80 (http://google.com): connected to 126.96.36.199:80 (321 bytes), seq=0 time=17.70 ms connected to 188.8.131.52:80 (321 bytes), seq=1 time=13.97 ms connected to 184.108.40.206:80 (321 bytes), seq=2 time=20.49 ms
PS: yes, you can emerge it.