Performance Testing on a Budget Practical Performance Testing on Any Budget

Testing application performance prior to release is an essential part of managing risk in any software project. But the budget must be considered when talking performance testing; you want to know what it is going to cost to build and maintain a system that supports the project goals. However, there are ways to test the performance of your project while keeping the effort to a manageable set of tasks that get the job done without breaking the bank.

Stephen Gyves's picture Stephen Gyves
Testing Your Apps Picture Imperfect: Methods for Testing How Your App Handles Images

On a website and in digital files, images present a set of complications and differentiations that you need to keep in mind when your application receives and presents them. Your application might rely on a library, plugin, or service built somewhere else to handle this image management, so you should test the image uploader to ensure it works correctly and handles common points of failure. Here are some things to watch out for.

Brian Noggle's picture Brian Noggle
Automation is Not God Automation Test Suites Are Not God!

In today’s age of tight deadlines and accelerating delivery cycles of software, test automation is surely favorable for the world of functional testing and critical to the success of big software development companies. But its various benefits have led to unrealistic expectations from managers and organizations. This article highlights the role and use of automation in an agile context and the irreplaceable importance of manual testing.

Nishi Grover Garg's picture Nishi Grover Garg
Requirements for Testing 3 Types of Requirements for Testing

Requirements for software are usually grouped into a bewildering array of categories. Functional and nonfunctional requirements are on top, and a huge number of subcategories are underneath. Here, Clint Hoagland boils it down to three categories, differentiated by the way they should be tested.

Clint Hoagland's picture Clint Hoagland
Testers Quality Standards When Testers Should Stand Up and Say No

Testers often find themselves in predicaments where they may be asked to compromise on quality standards—whether it's pressure to sign off on a product before it's ready, getting involved in numbers games that value metrics above all else, or facing harassment to take on work that isn't theirs. Knowing when, how, and why to say no can improve your situation and gain respect for testers everywhere.

Mukesh Sharma's picture Mukesh Sharma
Human Teams Lessons from Optimizing Computer Systems Applied to Human Teams

Payson Hall learned some lessons from optimizing data system performance that could relate to human team management and leadership. For instance, if a system is overworked, it can't be any more productive beyond a certain point; the same is true for people. Both also can get more done by minimizing multitasking and prioritizing jobs. Read on to learn more from machines.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
Global Software Testing How to Think Globally about Software Testing

The global reach of your software could be stalled because of improper design or late detection of bugs. To release software to be used in more than one country successfully, you should try some tactics you might not usually employ. Consider these special approaches to keep a global mindset when testing.

Anuj Magazine's picture Anuj Magazine
Mobile Testing Sins Five Sins of Mobile Testing

Josh Galde describes key best practices that can be followed in order to develop and produce a successful mobile app that's user friendly and reliable. Simply avoiding the five sins Josh describes can save valuable time, resources, and strain while developing a finished product that's functional and reliable, allowing you to bring your mobile strategy to market with confidence and assurance.

Josh Galde's picture Josh Galde
Performance Testing Considerations in a Cloud Performance Testing Considerations in a Public Cloud Environment

Testing an application's performance in the cloud begins with understanding the infrastructure of your public cloud environment. Learn which elements to watch for and how to optimize your cloud-based performance testing environment.

Scott Aziz's picture Scott Aziz
Put a Load on It: Combining Load and Functional Testing

Typically, industry software testing practice is to separate load testing from functional testing. Different teams with different skills and expertise do their testing at different times and each evaluates the results against its own criteria. We don’t always need to do this in pre-release testing. When time to market is more important than strict accuracy the pilot system can become the load test system while the test team does routine checks during pilot to mitigate risk. 


Fiona Charles's picture Fiona Charles


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