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Ten names for load testing
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Ten names for load testing

Load testing is a wide and established area of IT knowledge and software development practices. There are many professionals who specialize here and testing gurus ready to provide useful advices and even teach you a theory on the subject. Surprisingly, the mentioned gurus often do not agree with each other on the very basic terms used in this field.

If you search for information on load testing, most probably you will also find articles mentioning such terms as “performance testing” and “stress testing”.

Are they all just synonyms? Everybody agrees that they are not, but still different sources provide different definitions for these terms.

The most confusing point is the difference between performance and load testing. Some people reasonably say that […]

Hidden controls in HTML forms
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Hidden controls in HTML forms

I would like to continue writing about the methods used to pass various data between the client and server part of a web application. In the previous post I briefly described the cookies mechanism used to join the successive requests of the same user into a consistent session. The basic […]

Cookies and user sessions
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Cookies and user sessions

We all know that a web site can have a complex distributed structure with load balancers and database servers. However from the outside view any web site is just a computer program that is always waiting from an HTTP connection. When something (usually a browser) connects to it and sends […]

What is an HTTP request?
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What is an HTTP request?

I will not write about HTTP protocol in general. I want to concentrate on few facts about HTTP requests that are important for load testing. As I mentioned in the previous post, when we work with a web site using a browser, all our actions produce HTTP requests that a […]

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What it is and why…

Hello Everyone! I am going to drop here some thoughts, ideas, comments, etc… Everything that will come to my mind as a result of working with our customers and discussing their web load testing projects. The goals, methods, problems, etc. Of course, I very much hope that the result will […]