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Whether you’re a beginner simply looking to get started or a seasoned vet brushing up on your subject knowledge, this post will serve as a definitive guide on how to perform effective load testing on a web or mobile application. Load Testing: A performance-related testing process that...
If you read the title and assumed this post would be filled with baseball analogies, you’d be right! It’s game day and all those fans who fill up major league stadiums, those are your application users. They are invested in the game and have shown up to watch the players (i.e., your ap...
Providing a full-duplex communication channel over a single TCP connection, WebSocket is the most efficient protocol for real-time responses over the web. If you’re utilizing WebSocket technology, performance testing will boil down to simulating the bi-directional nature of your applic...
The web community is constantly churning out new technologies that make it easier to develop the applications that savvy users are demanding. It may be obvious, but new technologies often require new ways of thinking about testing – sometimes new tools, other times entirely new testing...
There’s a common understanding about what it means for a coding task to be “done.” Yet, often this “doneness” is only a measure of functionality – not necessarily usability. Today, user experience is crucial to an application’s success, and that goes well beyond what color your button ...
Here’s the thing: as sure as we’ll have another record-setting year for NFL streaming, you can also be sure that apps will fail and streaming services will go down. Whether you are dabbling in streaming or diving in whole-hog, you need to know what to do to give your users the most rel...
Test-Driven Development is a great tool for functional testing, but can you apply the same technique to performance testing? Why not? The purpose of TDD is to build out small unit tests, or scenarios, under which you control your initial coding. Your tests will fail the first time you ...
You can never be too careful. Security is on everyone’s mind. Not too long ago, we talked about how beefed up security impacts load testing and we want to continue the conversation. How do you keep yourself and your company safe in the age of industrial and state-sponsored hacking? In ...
At some point you’ve probably heard the term “test early and often.” If you are in an Agile organization, that term perfectly captures the philosophy of iterative development and the commitment to rooting out defects sooner rather than later. It's nice - maybe even ironic - that a phra...
Performance testing is one of the most important things you can do when building a web or mobile app, and it’s only becoming more vital as the expectations of users are going up. People demand access to anything, anywhere, anytime, and they’ll switch to a competitive solution if the ap...
What if mobile apps had personality types? Could you tell what kind of personality your app would have? Mobile apps can generally be classified in three ways: native apps, mobile web apps, and hybrid apps. Let’s see what happens if we try to match those app types to personality types....
Almost every functional department in a business is thinking about how the cloud applies to them. The benefits are clear – it is easier for geographically diverse teams to access and collaborate over data, it is convenient for users, and it can cost far less. When it comes to performan...
As the cloud continues to grow as a topic of conversation, so too does load and performance testing within the cloud. You may be asking yourself questions like: When is it most appropriate to involve the cloud when load testing? When is the right time to conduct performance testing usi...
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...
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 refresh...
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 Preside...
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 i...
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. Agile teams ...
It’s that time of the year again where millions of football fanatics (and non-fanatics) will be gathered around their TV watching the biggest match of the season, Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks. Last year the big game reached over 108 million Americans, the third most watched tele...
October 1, 2013, was the most anticipated date for the Obama administration since his re-election. It was to be the day every American would have access to health care on one centralized website. However, according to at least one report only six people enrolled in Obamacare on the fir...
Agile software development isn’t really a “new” trend anymore. I mean, the Agile Manifesto turns 13 years old next month and while that might be early adolescence in human years, it’s downright ancient as far as trends in IT are concerned. However, one area that has yet to fully mature...