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Poorly performing websites, like Twitter's recent fiasco with Ellen's selfie, are a constant source of irritation for users. At first you think it's your computer, or maybe someone on your block is downloading the entire "Game of Thrones" series. But, when nothing changes after refreshing the page once or twice, you give up, mutter under your breath, and move on. Whatever the reason for a website crashing or slowing down, it's bad for business and for your online reputation. According to a survey conducted by Consumer Affairs, a dissatisfied customer will tell between 9-15 people about their experience. And, if your website can't load fast enough (in 400 milliseconds), then most of your customers will search for another website. Understanding how your website performs under pressure is extremely important for any company. But, it can be daunting trying to figure out w... (more)

Twitter’s Story: How Homegrown Load Testing Tools Can Misfire

The selfie that changed the world, or at least Twitter, has been in the news for the past month. On March 2, 2014, the infamous Oscar selfie of Ellen and her celebrity friends broke a record of 2 million retweets before midnight the same night. That record was previously set by President Barack Obama, hugging first lady Michelle Obama after his 2012 re-election. The selfie caused Twitter to crash for more than 20 minutes, also breaking the record for the longest crash of the social media site. Twitter was infamous for crashing in its early days (anyone remember "Fail Whale?"), so ... (more)

Eight Software Testing Buzzwords You Should Know

The industry's jargon can be hard to decipher at times, especially when trying to explain these buzzwords to fellow co-workers within your organization who don't really have a clue what you are talking about. Buzzwords are unavoidable, however there needs to be a clear understanding of what a buzzword is and the testing buzzwords you should know. What Is a Buzzword? A buzzword can be defined as, "a term of art or technical jargon that has begun to have wider use in society among non-specialists who use the term vaguely or imprecisely." Basically, it comes down to the word being s... (more)

How to Choose Where Your Load Should Come From

The goal of a load test is to replicate the traffic & conditions your app experiences in production as realistically as possible As a tester, you understand how important it is to create the most realistic load test possible to provide confidence that your web application won't fail in the field. But how do you know where your load should come from to produce realistic results? In this article, we have outlined three options most organizations can choose from when determining where your load should come from. Generate load on dedicated infrastructure in the datacenter Generate loa... (more)

What to Look for in an Agile Load Testing Solution

While any load testing solution will enable you to do some sort of load testing in your Agile environment, comparatively few enable you to follow recommended best practices and overcome the challenges many teams face with load and performance testing on an Agile project. When considering an Agile load testing solution, you want to ask the following questions: How quickly can tests be designed in the tool by any tester or developer (not just your performance testing gurus)? Will my teams be able to share test scenarios and test results? To what extent does the tool integrate with ... (more)