No, it's not the latest B-rated horror film (although it should be). Rather it's the name of the Chicago Tribune's load testing program. This tool leverages AWS to spin up EC2 instances to bombard an application, similar to a denial of service (DOS) attack. Bees With Machine Guns was originally created to test the Tribune's website. That means it was designed for HTTP, so after we forked it, we had to modify the source code to support our specific live streaming video protocols: RTMP RTSP WebRTC Basic Functionality Each Bee program runs an "attack" on a server. It does this…

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It was all so perfect. You and your friends pile into your old van and cruise your way down the bumpy road winding deep into the woods. The long, hard drive complete, you pull up to a pretty little cabin. There's nothing to do but kick back by the fire and enjoy your vacation. Everything is going to be just fine. That is until the dark, ominous, storm clouds roll in. A thunderous gust of wind throws a giant tree across the road, blocking the only way out. You're trapped! If only you had developed a better escape route. Your…

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The web isn’t as simple as it used to be. The days of uploading a simple HTML page you coded in Notepad (or BBEdit) and uploaded via FTP to your WebServer are over. Even JavaScript isn’t the simple language it started as (who’s using the once ubiquitous JQuery these days?). The modern day JavaScript development process introduces a slurry of new requirements ranging from pulling code libraries from NPM to transpiling from ES6 so older browsers can interpret your code. Further increasing to the debatable chaos, the myriad of JS frameworks available can even baffle and overwhelm…

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