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Getting started with performance testing: Round two!

By Elizabeth Simons

Elizabeth Simons

Elizabeth Simons - 24 May 2016

Some of you may have attended our “Getting Started with Performance Testing” webinar a couple of weeks ago. The event was such a success, we’re doing it again! In the meantime, I’ll give you a taste:

In this webinar, we will run through the basics of performance testing. For a lot of folks just introducing test automation into their company (or even those who are already doing functional test automation), performance and load testing can be daunting.

To help alleviate the stress and clarify some first steps, we decided to run this webinar to help break down the basics for getting started. Steps for getting started include planning and preparation, test architecture, constraints, test creation/ recording, execution, and results.

Tom Miseur - a technical specialist focusing on eggPlant Performance based here in the Boulder office with me – will run through the PTP: the Performance Test Plan, focused on defining testing requirements and objectives, testing scope and constraints, and the details surrounding the testing approach itself.

The planning process (PTP) is of course a hugely important part of all test automation - and all testing in general – but it is especially important with performance and load testing because of the intentional strain being applied to the system via the load. You don’t want to apply 5000 users worth of load to the live system, in case it actually breaks down. You need to have a separate test system set up instead. Of course, this means that you also have to consider the constraints of setting up a test system, such as access to others systems with which your software or website interact.

Recording and results are fun to see in person, and Tom will be showing how the eggPlant Performance recording process and analytics work during the webinar. That said, all of the steps to getting started with performance testing apply to all performance and load testing deployments, so we’ve kept the webinar as generic as possible, while still using eggPlant Performance for demonstration purposes.

I highly recommend that you join us for this great webinar, June 7th.