Load Testing and Teams: DevOps Best Practices

The secrets to an effective DevOps team are communication and collaboration. This is especially true in load testing.

 The #1 best practice we recommend with your regular load testing is to set pass/fail triggers with your automated build processes. (We’ve talked about that elsewhere.) As part of those triggers, failure notifications should be set up in a shared communications channel.

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The difference between performance testing and performance tuning

Whether you’re new to DevOps or an experienced hand, sometimes it’s a challenge to explain the difference between performance testing and performance tuning. It happens to us, too. Here’s how we describe understanding performance testing and performance tuning.

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How often you should load test

TL;DR: Run your load tests with your nightly builds. 

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How to automate Load Testing with k6 in TeamCity builds

We have created a simple step by step guide on how to integrate k6 in your TeamCity build setup. 

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How to automate Load Testing with k6 in CircleCI builds

For all you CircleCI users out there, we have created a simple step by step page on how to integrate k6 in your build setup. 

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Load Testing using Jenkins and k6

For all you Jenkins users out there, here's a guide on how to integrate k6 in your Jenkins Pipline setup. 

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Load Testing using CircleCI and k6

As we’re big believers in dogfooding we’ve used our open source load testing tool, k6, to set up load testing automation with CircleCI. This is how we did it, and some tips and tricks to make your load testing automation easier. Let’s go!

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Load Testing on a Strict Deadline

You and your team have been pushing plenty of updates to your app over the last few weeks in preparation for a marketing milestone.

Everybody in the company is excited, and you can’t wait for users — and potential customers — to see what you’ve cooked up for their enjoyment.

But you haven’t been continuously performance testing throughout development (a bad move, but we forgive you), and you just realized it’s time to start running load tests.

Never fear! We’ve broken down a few steps to get your load testing extravaganza up-and-running, and from there you can smoothly transition to continuous testing, which will save you from this headache in the future.

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Better Testing with Visual Studio for Developers and DevOps: Webinar Recap

This webinar not only shows you how to automate load testing in your CI pipeline, but you’ll also learn how Julien applies Microsoft’s best practices to the DevOps and “continuous” mindset while embracing the world of open source software.

Continuous load testing throughout the software development process improves your understanding of your website, application and infrastructure performance.

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Webinar: Better Testing with Visual Studio for Developers and DevOps

Developers around the world are discovering that load testing isn’t just a one-off project or something you wait until the last minute to do.

Integrating load testing into your DevOps and Continuous Integration lifecycle helps you achieve a few things.

  • Load testing is yet another task you can automate — and we know that’s a good thing
  • Understand the performance impact of each code commit
  • Plot your app or website’s performance trend over time
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