This week in software and performance testing
A few Observations on structure in testing
Over the years, it’s been common for people in our community to mention exploratory testing, only to have someone reply, “Oh, so that’s like unstructured testing, right?” That’s a little like someone refer to a cadenza or a musical solo as “unstructured music”; to improv theatre as “unstructured theatre”; to hiking without a map or a precise schedule as “unstructured walking”; to all forms of education outside of a school as “unstructured learning”. When someone says “Exploratory testing is unstructured,” I immediately hear, “I have a very limited view of what ‘structure’ means.”
Hilarious video from Josh Berkus at MySqlConf 2011
What is Facebook’s architecture
Quick summary of Facebook’s architecture
uTest partners with Mozilla to build a test case management system
Test Case Management can be trickier than herding cats. If you work for a small to mid-sized company and everyone’s counting on you to QA the apps to glowing perfection (no pressure, right?), then you’ve clearly demonstrated you’re a supremely organized person. It’s in your DNA.
My good readings of the week!
Real World Performance and the stir trek web site
The site opened for registration a few weeks ago and sold out very quickly. However, there were some issues with the web site that were troubling. The site basically died under the load – obviously not a great first impression. Fortunately the dev community is pretty awesome in Ohio, and after the initial spike in traffic when the “doors” opened for ticket sales, the site seemed to work fine. However, there was the nagging fear that it would have similar issues on the day of the event, which would of course be bad.
Website downtime survival guive
Let’s be honest. Website downtime can infuriate us. And according to some, downtime can do much worse. It can affect user confidence, loyalty and ultimately eat into your bottom line. How can we dodge the fail whale? While we answer it, we might also engage in a bit of swashbuckling. Arrr!
TDD Doesn’t guarantee defect-free code
TDD, for example, does not remove the need for testing. We flesh out our algorithms and OO designs using – ideally – a minimum list of examples that describes the overall behaviour. once we’ve reached the example that leads us to the general solution, all nicely refactored on the inside, then as far as TDD is concerned we are done.
Vendor sues HP over Web testing software
A California software vendor is claiming that Hewlett-Packard officials evaluated its eValid website testing technology, then subsequently stole its intellectual property for use in a rival product released last year, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The HP booth staff (Goons) owe me an apology – Old post from @adamgoucher I’ve discovered this week
I’m pretty pissed that those two from the HP booth had the nerve to try to censor me. The proper thing they should have done is to ask to talk to me and see if they could try to address my concerns about their product. They’re not going to win me as a convert, but at least they would know what I was saying and the reasons for it. But instead they sent down the goon squad.
Testing for the Cloud
Making the rounds of test-related conferences this past year, I’ve noticed that—because our industry isn’t immune to hype—cloud computing and how to test it has started to be a talking point. One conference organizer came right out and said they wanted a couple of talks on the subject for their next event. And if it is a looked-for conference topic then you just know that mainstream testers are going to think they need to pay attention.
My friend Max Dolgicer invited me to talk at the “International SOA Conference 2011 – Moving SOA into the Cloud“. A great opportunity to talk about the challenge of moving SOA application into the cloud and how Cloud Testing can help during this migration by ensuring applications performs as expected in the new environment.
There will be some great discussions I’m really looking forward to participate:
- Business Driven SOA
- Architecting SOA Solutions for the Enterprise
- Managing the evolution of SOA into the Cloud with governance
- Case Study in system modernization: Legacy encapsulation with REST and SOAP-based Web Services
- The synergy of SOA and Cloud Computing
- Enterprise Architecture for the Cloud
- Integrating Services In and Out of the Cloud
- Leveraging the Cloud to Test SOA based Web Application
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)- Key Concepts & Major Players
- The foundations of Social Computing in the Cloud
- Building Business applications for the Cloud with Force.com
- Leveraging Cloud and SOA for the Mobile Enterprise
I believe registrations are still open! If you can’t meet me in Nice, how about Rome?
My good readings of the week!
Google pagespeed is now online
Page Speed Online analyzes the content of a web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster. Reducing page load times can reduce bounce rates and increase conversion rates
Why websites are slow and why speed really matters (from Mashable)
What a difference a millisecond can make. When it comes to browsing the web, every tiny moment counts — and the fewer moments that pass between a mouse click and a fully loaded page, the better.
Scaling Social Ecommerce Architecture case study
Sears Architect Tomer Gabel provides an insightful overview on how they built a Social Ecommerce solution for Sears.com that can handle complex relationship quires in real time.
At SOASTA we’re in the wisdom business (shameless plug)
The true goal of Performance Testing is to provide wisdom. Maybe the sole purpose of LoadRunner is to be a testing solution that serves as a gate, but at SOASTA we’re in the wisdom business.
10,00-core Linux super computer built in Amazon Cloud
Cycle Computing had already built a few clusters on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud that scaled up to several thousand cores.But Stowe wanted to take it to the next level. Provisioning 10,000 cores on Amazon has probably been done numerous times, but Stowe says he’s not aware of anyone else achieving that number in an HPC cluster, meaning one that uses a batch scheduling technology and runs an HPC-optimized application.
Software Progress beats Moore’s law
What explains the extraordinary pace of software improvement? The answers are doubtless many and far more complex than I’m going to be able (or capable) of addressing here. But I’d suggest two thoughts as high-level explanations.
I’ve been invited at DataCentres 2011 to share my passion about Cloud Testing. A good opportunity for me to introduce the main principles and benefits of Cloud Testing to a broad audience. Cloud Computing is a fairly new concept, especially in Europe. A lot of enterprises are still unsure about some of its benefits and have concerns about security. Cloud Testing is the killer application to get acquainted with Cloud Computing and of course to help you with the performance and reliability of your web or mobile application. And when you start doing it, you can’t stop! Abstract of the talk is here.
Oh yeah, the conference is in … Nice. Easy enough for me as it is 15 minutes from my place. I hope to see you there and hopefully we can share interesting discussion!
My good readings of the week!
In 30 minutes, you will understand why I’ve joined SOASTA. Tom Lounibos, my boss and SOASTA CEO, presented in London this month the new approaches to deliver web performance. Watch it and tell me: Doesn’t it make so much sense? Isn’t it the RIGHT way to test the performance of web and mobile application? You bet it is …
A shameless plug for my reader today! If you’re coming to this blog you might be more and more interested in Cloud Testing. Guess what? We organize a webinar this Tuesday March 22nd which will cover the basics of Cloud Testing and a demo which will show you how Cloud Testing helps customer everyday and demonstrate why it’s a unique approach compared to traditional performance testing. I sure hope to see you there! Get more information and register here