Performance Test Execution Phase

Performance Test Execution Phase

B. M. Subraya (Infosys Technologies Ltd, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-785-0.ch007
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Abstract

The focus of this chapter is toward the factors needing attention while conducting the tests of performance. Chapters 5 and 6 discuss in detail the test plan as well as the test scripts required for conducting the performance tests. The successful execution of PT calls for coordination of a complex set of activities such as management of personnel, scheduling the tests at an appropriate time, configuring tools for various performance parameters, verification of application readiness for the test, and, above all, management of multiple test runs versus cost of resources. Conducting the tests may spread over a number of days, and it may also warrant customization of the operating system. The team responsible for carrying out the tests must be well aware of these factors. Typical test execution (see Test execution, 2004) phases are shown in Figure 7.1. Each phase must be planned carefully. If these phases are followed in sequence, the probability of test execution errors could be reduced. The main reason behind introducing these phases is to reduce the cost. To illustrate, if we directly run tests without passing through initial phases like elaboration test (say) and an error creeps in later, it will result in unnecessary investment of effort on test runs, which is very expensive. Specialized skills are required to run tests. Sometimes, the test environment (including tools) has to be taken on hire during the test runs. All these involve effort and time, which will go to waste if the tests are not executed properly. Each phase is explained in Figure 7.1.

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Table of Contents
Foreword
N. R. Narayana Murthy
Acknowledgments
B.M. Subraya
Chapter 1
B. M. Subraya
For many years, the World Wide Web (Web) functioned quite well without any concern about the quality of performance. The designers of the Web page... Sample PDF
Web-Based Systems and Performance Testing
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Chapter 2
B. M. Subraya
It is an accepted fact that no system is perfect from the viewpoint of performance. Problems pertaining to performance affect all types of systems... Sample PDF
Performance Testing: Factors that Impact Performance
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Chapter 3
B. M. Subraya
Performance testing (PT) is not to be construed as features testing even though it has a definite link with the latter. In fact, PT begins from... Sample PDF
Performance Testing: Reference Technology and Languages
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Chapter 4
B. M. Subraya
The core theme of the previous chapters is that a methodical and structured approach to PT is rather necessary right from the early phases of the... Sample PDF
Test Preparation Phase I: Test Definition
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Chapter 5
B. M. Subraya
The focus of Chapter 4 was on the planning and definition phase of PT while this chapter provides an in-depth view of the test design phase. All the... Sample PDF
Test Preparation Phase II: Test Design
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Chapter 6
B. M. Subraya
The next phase, that is, the build phase, commences after the completion of the design phase. Design provides the guidelines, but the build phase... Sample PDF
Test Preparation Phase III: Test Build
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Chapter 7
B. M. Subraya
The focus of this chapter is toward the factors needing attention while conducting the tests of performance. Chapters 5 and 6 discuss in detail the... Sample PDF
Performance Test Execution Phase
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Chapter 8
Post Test Execution Phase  (pages 167-200)
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The phase pertaining to post test execution comprises not only multifaceted activities but is also a tedious task. It is not uncommon to find many... Sample PDF
Post Test Execution Phase
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Chapter 9
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This chapter delves on the automation aspects connected with performance issues. Adopting a manual method of testing the performance is neither... Sample PDF
Performance Test Automation
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Chapter 10
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For any applications to be performance conscious, its performance must be monitored continuously. Monitoring performance is a necessary part of the... Sample PDF
Introduction to Performance Monitoring and Tuning: Java and .NET
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