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The Top 3 Issues In Website Load Testing

Website Load Testing for Web Applications and You

I talk with hundreds of CIOs, CTOs, Testers, and Developers every month. These are the top3 issues they ask me about:

How Many Users Can My Website Handle?

Performance testing identifies your Website's ability to achieve linear scalability. In a linear scaling system every user gets the same performance - no matter the number of users concurrently on the Website. If 100 people use the site concurrently they get the same speed as when 100,000 people use the same site.

Stress testing identifies how your Website will fail when too many users are on the site. How it fails is valuable for resource planning and disaster planning.

The best solution combines Website load testing technology with performance monitoring. An integrated solution correlates the load generated against a site by virtual users to the monitored resource statistics of the backend (CPU, network, and memory needs.) These performance solutions show how many users your Web site can handle before it slows and fails. Repurposing technology uses the same test to show how your Website will act as it fails. Look for a Linear Scalability Index chart is the fastest and easiest measurement of your Website's ability to serve 100 users to 5 million users.

Do I Have To Use Test Scripting Languages To Write Effect Tests?

The alternative to writing tests in a scripting language is Record/Playback tools. These watch your use of a browser to create a test script for you. The downside is when it comes to test script maintenance. In the long-term a good object oriented approach to test development will reduce maintenance costs. For Selenium tests that means PageObjects. For Java that means jUnit.

But that does not solve the issue for testers that have little scripting experience and knowledge. For these cases I recommend a Record/Playback tool that exports test scripts in Jav, PHP, Ruby, Python, and other scripting languages. These make the need to tip into test scripting a little further off.

I recommend you search for a test script design tool that watches you operate a Website in Internet Explorer (IE,) Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. The tool should automatically handle wait/pause functions in the Ajax, Flex, Flash, Applets, and Oracle Forms in your Web pages. Your goal is to create reusable test objects for functional testing, load and performance testing, and production monitoring. Stay away from tools with Beginner/Expert modes because "expert" normally means complicated with hand-coding, and the scripting languages are often proprietary.

How Do I Manage Thousands of Agile Stories and Tests Effectively?

Writing a few test scripts is easy. Supporting a dozen testers and 10 or more test suites means managing 100 or more tests. The hand-written back of an envelope and/or an Excel spreadsheet is not enough to scale-up your management of the test.

Agile test management services like Rally, Zephyr, QMetry, and InfoLink work around Agile stories, use cases, and tests. They make it easy to scale from a dozen tests to thousands. Connect test scripts to Agile stories to immediatly learn which tests have run (pass and fail,) which tests ran with slower than acceptable performance, and how the performance changes from sprint to sprint. Look for test management that integrates Website load testing from soapUI, Selenium, WebDriver, Sahi, jUnit, and TestNG.

Now that you know the top 3, consider learning more by reading my advanced report on Website load testing.

Get The Advanced Report on Website Load Testing
Get the advanced report on Website load testing.

-Frank

TestMaker Community Forums Moved To SQAForums.com

Forums Moved

Dear PushToTest Forums User:

In June 2012, PushToTest partnered with SQAForums.com to host our TestMaker Community forums pages. SQAForums has an active and large community of fellow software testers. (And, we much prefer SQAForums capabilities over the simple forums module in our Web site.)

Please find TestMaker Community forums and discussions at:
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We will maintain the old forums as an archive and disable new postings.

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Website Load Testing for Web Applications Blog

Website Load Testing for Web Applications and You

"You know the PushToTest site - with its hundreds of articles on testing - does not actually say anything about Website performance testing," a friend told me a few days ago. A quick check of the site showed that he is correct! :-)

PushToTest TestMaker is the leading open source solution to load test your Web site, social mobile integrated marketing, and Web applications. PushToTest offers load testing and reporting as a performance testing tool to e-commerce and business-to-business (B2B) sites all over the world.

PushToTest TestMaker for Website Load Testing, the standard at:
Best Buy manages large scale Agile tests with PushToTest TestMaker Deloitte monitors inter-office connectivity using PushToTest TestMaker PepsiCo tests with integrated marketing campaign Websites with PushToTest TestMaker

We get the following 3 questions most:

How Many Users Can Your Website Handle?

Scalability Index shows how close the application is to linear scalability

Advanced load testing technology combines with performance monitoring in PushToTest TestMaker to forecast your server CPU, network, and memory needs. TestMaker shows you how many users your Web site can handle before it slows and fails. TestMaker repurposes the same test to show how your Website will act as it fails. TestMaker's Linear Scalability Index chart is the fastest and easiest measurement of your Website's ability to serve 100 users to 5 million users.

No Scripting Languages To Learn

TestMaker Object Designer for script-less record/playback

Cut your load testing time in half with TestMaker Object Designer - the most advanced and easy-to-use test authoring tool. Designer watches a tester operate a Website in Internet Explorer (IE,) Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. Designer automatically handles the Ajax, Flex, Flash, Applets, and Oracle Forms in your Web pages. Designer creates reusable test objects that are perfect for functional testing, load and performance testing, and production monitoring. Designer's easy record and configuration process removes the need for complicated "expert" modes and hand-coding as there are no scripting languages to learn.

Manage Thousands of Agile Stories and Tests Effectively

Manage thousands of tests with TestMaker and Rally

TestMaker Enterprise integrates with Rally Test Management to make it easy to scale from a dozen tests to thousands. Connect test scripts to Agile stories to immediate learn what tests have run (pass and fail,) which tests ran with slower than acceptable performance, and how the performance changes from sprint to sprint. TestMaker orchestrates test suites from soapUI, Selenium, WebDriver, Sahi, jUnit, and TestNG.

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Since 2001, PushToTest helps PepsiCo, Best Buy, Deloitte and the world’s most well-known brands bullet-proof their Websites and social mobile Web applications against large volumes of traffic. Using our software and global services, PushToTest helps optimize your site for any amount of visitors. How can we help you grow?






Social Mobile Web Application vs. Enterprise Application Testing

Performance Infrastructure

I was surprised to see a big disagreement on the value of social mobile Web applications at the Red Herring conference.

PushToTest is selected as a Finalist for Red Herring's Top 100 Americas award. The award recognizes the year's most promising private technology ventures in North America. Red Herring selected PushToTest for developing performance infrastructure necessary to deliver social mobile Web applications reliably. I presented PushToTest at the Red Herring conference last week among panels of venture capitalists, merger managers at large businesses, and entrepreneurs. The discord around social mobile Web applications and enterprise software surprises me.

Red Herring Top 100 Americas Award

For example, Ray Rothrock of Venrock Capital said "Could the world live without enterprise software... no. Could it live without Facebook... yes." Wow. It's not a competition. Social mobile applications build an audience and marketplace of interest in brands. Enterprise software is the means to deliver a great Web user experience. Social mobile is the next generation in marketing tactics.

Social mobile Web applications intensify a divide between the IT team and business team at an organization. PushToTest delivers performance infrastructure to PepsiCo, BestBuy, and Deloitte. While the IT team wants to defend the enterprise systems from crowds of users - and the performance spikes that happen when the Web site gets slammed - the business team couldn't be happier when the site goes viral.

Most recently PushToTest saw this divide a few weeks ago when PepsiCo updated the Pepsi.com Web site. The new site moves PepsiCo closer to the heart of its target market, the popular culture. Their new home page incorporates elements of Facebook, Twitter, and live information feeds for their concerts, participation in the Summer Olympics, and other promotions. It is an outstanding exciting integrated site.

Competing needs from the IT team and business team

The challenge for all organizations today is the IT team has all the responsibility to provide a site that works in a social, viral, and mobile marketplace. How a CIO gets any sleep is a mystery to me! These sites need to be load balanced, have great reliability during performance spikes, be elastic to scale up and down, and protect user and business data from unapproved access.

For business managers, getting to the heart of the target market means attracting as many people as possible to use a social mobile Web application. The business team wants the site to be social to attract the attention of the heart of the market, be viral to create awareness on its own, feature a great user experience (UX,) and be accessible from mobile devices.

At a minimum the performance infrastructure needs to accomplish the following:
  1. Test the actual scalability of edge caching networks like Akamai
  2. Surface functional problems in the User Experience at high levels of load
  3. Monitor the existing plumbing between Twitter, Facebook, voting services and other integration functions in the site
  4. Stress the origin servers to identify how the application breaks when it fails
  5. Enable globally outsourced developers and testers to run performance tests at any time
In our experience PepsiCo raised the bar for all business managers in its social mobile Web initiatives. For IT managers that means integrated marketing campaign testing - like PepsiCo - requires performance infrastructure. Learn how PushToTest delivers a solution that works for the IT team and business team by attending one of our free live Webinar workshops.

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-Frank

P.S. - If you would like to learn more about PepsiCo's performance test efforts, ask me for a briefing.

Summer Of Love, Training, Education

PushToTest Summer of Testing Love Workshop Series 2012



PushToTest is necessary infrastructure for organizations to successfully connect with the heart of their target markets.  We help PepsiCo, Best Buy, Deloitte, and 20 other organizations load and performance test their social, Web, and mobile applications. As an open source company we believe in education and training from our front-line experiences in the battle to achieve reliable IT.

PushToTest announced 17 free Workshops, Webinars, and training classes to help improve your knowledge in the following topics:

Open Source Test Workshop for CIOs, CTOs, Business Managers
Learn the Open Source Test way to solve testing applications and business processes that use Rich Internet Application (RIA, using Ajax, Flex, Flash, Oracle Forms, Applets,) and SOAP and REST Web Service interfaces.
June 6, 2012
July 25, 2012

Open Source Test Workshop for Testers, QA, Developers, IT Ops
Solve performance bottlenecks and function problems in your web applications. Learn the Open Source Test way to accomplish functional tests, load and performance tests, and service monitoring of Web applications, Rich Internet Applications (RIA, using Ajax, Flex, Flash, Oracle Forms, Applets,) and SOAP and REST Web services.
June 7, 2012
July 26, 2012

Agile Performance Test Workshop for CIOs, CTOs, Business Managers
Your organization may have adopted Agile Software Development Methodology and forgot about load and performance testing! Learn the Open Source Testing way to load and performance test your Web applications, Rich Internet Applications (RIA, using Ajax, Flex, Flash, Oracle Forms, Applets,) and SOAP and REST Web services. This free Webinar delivers a testing methodology, tools, and best/worst practices.
June 13, 2012
August 1, 2012

Agile Performance Test Workshop for for Testers, QA, Developers, IT Ops
Learn the Agile Open Source Testing way to load and performance test your Web applications, Rich Internet Applications (RIA, using Ajax, Flex, Flash, Oracle Forms, Applets,) and SOAP and REST Web services. This free Webinar delivers a testing methodology, tools, and best/worst practices.
June 14, 2012
August 2, 2012

What Is New In TestMaker 6.5 Briefing
Learning the major new features in TestMaker 6.5
June 20, 2012 9 am to 10 am Pacific time

TestMaker Object Designer Basics Workshop
TestMaker Object Designer is for fast and easy data-driven test authoring of Ajax and Flex Applications. Designer is free open source test (OST) tool published under the GPL license from PushToTest. Designer is an alternative to HP QuickTest Pro (QTP) and Selenium IDE.
June 27, 2012
August 29, 2012

Advanced TestMaker Object Designer Workshop
Take your Designer skills to the next level.
June 28, 2012
August 30, 2012

soapUI Basics Training Workshop
soapUI is a fun and easy tool for authoring test suites of SOAP and REST based Web services. soapUI is a free open source test (OST) tool published by SmartBears. PushToTest TestMaker is test infrastructure to repuprose and operate soapUI test suites to be functional tests, load and performance tests, and production service monitors.
July 11, 2012
August 21, 2012

Advanced soapUI Training Workshop
Take your soapUI skills to the next level.
July 12, 2012
August 23, 2012

All of these training Webinars are free and limited to a small size. Register now to secure your seat.

-Frank

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