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2. The Fundamentals of Effective Application Performance Testing

Chapter 2. The Fundamentals of Effective Application Performance Testing

For the want of a nail . . .

Anonymous

In this chapter we cover a basic task that seems to be avoided even by companies that take on the task of performance testing: capturing performance requirements. Unlike the “functional” requirements upon which regression and unit testing are based, performance related requirements can be considered “nonfunctional.” Semantics aside, they are vital activities that must be addressed in order to carry out effective performance testing.

The idea of a formal approach to application performance testing is still considered novel by many. Just why is something of a mystery, because (as with any project) failing to plan properly will inevitably lead to misunderstandings and problems. Performance testing is no exception.


  

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