Performance Benchmark Testing – Part 1

I’ve been meaning to writing a short section on Performance Benchmark Testing for some time. I’ve come across a few situations recently where this is the ideal solution. Benchmark performance testing is the most powerful and commonly used type of test in the Performance Testers toolkit. So lets start with a definition of what benchmark […]

Mobile Performance Testing – Questionable Value?

Mobile Testing

The hot topic is ‘Mobile’.  Its finally hitting the mainstream and everyone is interested.  People are browsing and buying on mobile – and if the application is performing poorly for the end user then they simply ditch and go elsewhere.  This acutely brings attention to speed and generates a lot of interest in the performance testing […]

Loadrunner Parameter Types – An Overview

Parameterization provides the ability to use different values in scripts and thus helps create data driven test scenarios. Parameterization also reduces the size of scripts. I recently attempted to search for articles and couldn’t find a consolidated  list of the main loadrunner parameters and their usage.So decided to compile a list and write this article. This […]

Performance By Design II

Performance Design II

In my last article (Performance By Design- An Agile Approach) I essentially outlined a method for ensuring performance is enforced throughout a project from the onset.  ‘Performance by Design’ in this context is a misnomer. True “Performance by Design” is abstract; it’s about taking good design practices and ensuring the product is fundamentally scalable.  Performance by design […]

Recording mobile device traffic for performance testing iPhone, iOS, Android and Windows Mobile applications with HP Loadrunner

Mobile Testing

Want to write a performance test that will replicate the traffic of an actual hardware device such as an iPad, iPhone or Android device? This article covers a useful technique to capture and replay the network traffic of real mobile devices. In my previous blog the Android SDK’s emulator has been used to run the mobile client […]

Performance By Design – an Agile Approach

Performance By Design

I recently attended a Test Managers Forum in London and sat in on a presentation entitled ‘Performance By Design’ (TODO: Insert Credit). The presentation didn’t deliver any earth shattering content and I felt that a lot of the audience hadn’t quite grasped the concept (as I had not).  There was something there – but the […]

Web Response Times

This is the best article I’ve come across for acceptable web response times. In short, if you are an online retailer faster is better; I’ve worked in companies where they have actually slowed down the results for end users (This company has lost a lot of market share) – I’ve never ever bought into this […]