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StarEast Software Testing Conference – Day One

I’m in Orland this week attending the 2010 StarEast conference for software testing, and was surprised at how much hadn’t changed. Its been over a decade since my last tech conference, and while the names have changed, the actual recommended practices haven’t changed much at all. Speakers are still preaching the values of early testing, automated test suites, and automated build processes that I learned as a young engineer at Sun Microsystems 20 years ago, but now they’re called “agile” and “ATDD“.
The only controversial statement of the day was in Jeff Payne’s opening keynote, where … Continue reading »

Large Load Tests on the Cheap

Need to generate thousands of concurrent users but don’t want to pay big bucks for a large license? You may not know that licenses to generate 1,000 or more concurrent users are available on a week-by-week basis. And now that Load Tester 4 can automatically generate massive amounts of load against data centers, leasing makes even more sense.
For existing customers, this means they can purchase a lower-level license for day-to-day use, and then just lease the larger licenses for a big final round of testing. We’ve had a tremendous response from existing customers who normally test with just a … Continue reading »

Jason Tower Places Second at BMWCCA Road Atlanta

Jason Tower, in his Web Performance-sponsored BMW Spec E30, took second place last weekend at his most recent road race. He had never driven the Atlanta course before – nice job, Jason! Watch his in-car video (wow, that looks fast!) and hear more about the race on his blog.

Jason Tower BMW Spec E30 racing update

This past weekend, Jason Tower ran in his first event of the year, the Winter Meltdown at CMP. Jason qualified 5th, but was gridded at the back of the pack because of his rookie status. He managed to move up a few slots to finish 9th. Except for a tiny bit of “paint trading”, the car performed great and there were no incidents. Kudos to Jason for being so well prepared.  Web Performance is proud to be one of his sponsors!
Jason is racing Next week at Road Atlanta for a race with … Continue reading »

Velocity Conference – Day 3

A great deal of time at the Velocity Conference has been spent on client-side performance optimization. This encompasses changes to the page structure and sub-elements to speed the delivery of a usable page to the user. Here at Web Performance, we have primarily been concerned with server-side performance – due to our focus on load-testing. Client-side optimization, however, benefits the users even when the server is not under load. It is something that we would like to expend more effort on when working with our clients.
Some of the most common client-side optimization techniques discussed were:
1) Reducing round-trips to the server

reduce … Continue reading »

Microsoft Links to Web Performance Inc.

Raleigh, N.C, Sep 27, 2001 – Microsoft provides an
Enterprise Services White Paper for E-Commerce Technical Readiness for
its customers which discusses
"the essential testing stages" that are required to ship a reliable
interactive web site. While it notes that "there is a lot of load-testing
software", Web Performance Inc. is the only vendor mentioned:

For more details on load testing see http://webperformance.com

We feel this is an acknowledgement of our growing visibility in the testing tools
market.

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