Building a continuous load test might seem intimidating, but it’s not. You may think continuous load tests entail extensive integration, finicky server setup, detailed custom scripts, and a lot of annoyance mixed with caffeine and long hours.
Performance testing is often mistaken for performance tuning. The two are related, but they are certainly not the same thing. To see what these differences are, let’s look at a quick analogy.
Most governments mandate that you bring your vehicles to the workshop for an inspection once a year. This is to ensure that your car meets the minimum safety standards that have been set to ensure it is safe for road use.
A website performance test can be likened to a yearly inspection — It ensures that your website isn’t performing terribly and should perform reasonably well under most circumstances.
The last few years have given rise to the "DevOps" methodology within many organizations both large and small. While definitions vary somewhat, it boils down to this: breaking down silos between developers and operations.