Posts Tagged ‘Testing’

Stress testing by end users

Posted on April 23rd 2012 by Joel Deutscher

Performance testing is an expensive exercise. It takes specialist skills and a significant amount of planning and understanding of the application in order to replicate the hundreds or thousands of users you are expecting. Another option of course is to let your end users do the performance testing for you. Take the announcement from Blizzard below for Diablo III.


Beginning this Friday everyone is invited to log in and help us put the game and servers through their paces in this three day stress test as we march toward the game’s release.

It is really viable to get your end users to stress test your application?
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Performance Testing LDAP – Basics

Posted on February 5th 2010 by Joel Deutscher

LDAPA while back, I took some time to familariase myself with the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) from a performance testing standpoint. The following post is the outcome of that investigation and can provide a technical starting point for performance testing LDAP . It is not designed as a definitive reference and I implore you to submit corrections and improvements in the comments.

This post discusses several methods for testing the LDAP protocol using LoadRunner, one using JMeter, and a final using a PHP harness.

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Execute the 100% Load Test First

Posted on January 11th 2010 by Joel Deutscher

There has always been something about performance testing that has bugged me over the years. It’s the standard approach of ramping up the amount of load on each test execution cycle.

The typical order of executions for a performance test is:

  1. Smoke Test
  2. 25% Load
  3. 50% Load
  4. 75% Load
  5. 100% Load

The flaw, as I see it, lies in the order of execution. I think we an improve on this concept by aiming to ramp down instead. Continue Reading…