The Development / Tester Relationship

Companies everywhere are looking for an edge–a way to reliably out-compete their competitors over time. In business, an edge might come from being more efficient, more agile, or keeping a faster pace. In software development, better processes have the potential to be a competitive edge. For web development, one potential edge can come from improving […]

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How to Load Test a Website with Authentication

Load testing a website with authentication takes more thought than testing a simple static website, or even an API. When a login is triggered in a web application, more happens behind the scenes than during simpler requests. To load test properly, we need to make sure our test is realistic, and correctly stresses the infrastructure that supports the login process.

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Why is Load Testing Important?

Load testing is a fundamental component of the overall process of performance testing your web application. What makes it so important, and what are the benefits of load testing?   1. Reduce the Risk of Outages Load testing reduces the risk of outages by identifying potential performance issues before they cause problems in production. By […]

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Types of Web Application Load Tests

There are a number of different common types of load tests. They each serve different purposes, and vet different capabilities. Real-World Concurrency Test A Real-World Concurrency test simulates normal production-like usage and determines the application’s scalability. This test is probably the single most important test for vetting a site’s capabilities. Purpose: Vets the application for […]

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Quick Load Testing Survey

We’ve put together a new load testing survey. If you have a moment, we’d love to hear from you, and would greatly appreciate your feedback! >> Take our quick survey >>

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Announcing Our Load Test Scripting Series

We’re starting a Load Test Scripting series where we’ll cover common areas of site functionality, how to properly script them, and considerations for each type of script. We’ll be focusing on common functionality like authentication, product search, purchase, chat, and more. The posts will be tool-agnostic and focus on doing things right rather than any […]

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Website Testing QA Link Roundup

Here is a roundup of a few QA testing-related links we’ve picked up in our travels. 40+ Free software testing e-books Big list of naughty strings for testing input data Google Testing Blog: Just say No to more end-to-end Tests Top Browser Extensions For Testing Software – Ministry of Testing Is QA Dead? — ThoughtWorks […]

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How to Create a Login Script for Load Testing

  Scalability-wise, authentication is one of the most critical functions in a web application. Why? For most non-trivial web applications, the majority of their functionality requires prior authentication. The implication here is that the scalability of the system’s authentication provides a hard-ceiling on your website’s scalability. If your users can’t login, they can’t get to your […]

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Real Browser Testing (Selenium) Link Round-up

Here are some interesting links we found on real browser automated testing: Having Selenium wait for a page to load after a click can be tricky. Here’s a good way to do it. PhantomJS vs. Selenium comparison by Phantom’s author. 7 things you need to know to make Selenium tests reliable and maintainable. Write up […]

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