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Tim Hinds

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The cloud provides two major advantages to load and performance procedures that help testing teams better model realistic behavior: instant infrastructure and geographic location. Cloud-based load testing also lowers the total cost of ownership, increases flexibility and allows testers to understand the impact of third-party components. So you're sold on using the cloud; here's what you should look for in a cloud-based load testing solution. One of the most dangerous moves software developers and testers can make is being lulled into a false sense of security. For example, when application features and performance levels meet expectations during pre-production, only to crash and burn when presented to real users in production. In that same vein, if your organization has any kind of performance testing strategy, chances are you're conducting load testing. However, yo... (more)

Would You Make a Good Performance Tester? By @Neotys | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

There are two types of kids in this world: the ones who spend hours meticulously building towers out of Legos, and the ones who delight in seeing how quickly they can make it all come crashing down. Which one were you? If you answered the latter, you'd probably make a good performance tester. Performance testers revel in finding flaws in perfectly written code. They're big kids who love to see things crash and explode. Fortunately for the rest of us, however, they use their powers for good. Without performance testers, we wouldn't be able to strengthen our code and plan ahead for ... (more)

HTTP/2: Changes, Challenges and Considerations | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps

HTTP/2: Changes, Challenges and Considerations for Load & Performance Testers Approved this February by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), HTTP/2 is the first major update to HTTP since 1999, when HTTP/1.1 was standardized. Designed with performance in mind, one of the biggest goals of HTTP/2 implementation is to decrease latency while maintaining a high-level compatibility with HTTP/1.1. Though not all testing activities will be impacted by the new protocol, it's important for testers to be aware of any changes moving forward. That being said, in this post we'd like to ... (more)

So, You’ve Been Looking for That Degree in Software Testing? | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

There are educational options available for nearly anyone interested in learning a new skill or changing their career altogether. And it's only getting better. So what if you want to get an education in software testing? Fortunately, you have a few options. Duke. Stanford. Rice. When you hear those names, what do you think of? You're probably thinking of some of the top universities in the US - or more likely their sports teams. However, if you lived a century ago (give or take) you'd be thinking Robber Barons. That's because these prestigious institutions and many like them were ... (more)

Combining Agile with Load and Performance Testing: What Am I in For?

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 is the implementation of non-functional testing practices in a Continuous Testing sort of way that can keep pace with more Agile development teams. Load and performance testing definitely fall into that category. You might be a performance tester on a team that is just starting to do more iterative... (more)