Book review: The Art of Application Performance Testing: Help for Programmers and Quality Assurance

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A network application should be tested for the performance it is meant to have. To do this, tools must be used, results analyzed, … This book is about bringing together experience on this.

Content and opinions

The first chapter defines the purposes of performance tests. Unfortunately, those are generally executed too late or badly executed. The goal of the book is to present the associated good practices.

The second chapter is imposing, to say the least as it fills almost half of the book. It’s the core of performance testing: what should I test? What tools to select and on what basis? The presentation is clear, precise and goes straight to the point.

The last three chapters go further with the elements of the second chapter. First, you have to gring up the need for performance testing, and two examples are given, with all the details. Then, you have to analyze the results, as get the cause of the lack of performance, … The last chapter lists some technologies that can impact performance or tests.

Conclusion

In the end, this is a really good book on performance testing. Besides it is printed on recycled paper.

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