No Tests - No Pull Request, Right? Types of Tests that Should Be in Your Codebase

As Viach Kakovskyi (@BackendandBBQ) stated in his blog post "If you do not have time to write tests today - you will find the time for fixing bugs Friday’s night". In other words, to establish solid reliability in production tomorrow we need to invest our time today.

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The state of load testing

(Warning to readers: this article is long and rambling, like most articles by the same author)

Once upon a time, I wrote a very simple command-line load testing tool in C. I called it "myload", partly because it was written by, well...myself, and partly as an allusion to MySQL (this was back in the days when MySQL ruled and I had yet to start using PostgreSQL).

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How to Automate Load Testing

Most developers are extremely familiar with automated testing as part of their CI/CD pipelines. Continuous improvement and continuous delivery integrate unit testing as a matter of course.

But there’s another type of testing you *should* be doing, but most developers aren’t. Since we’re load testing experts, we’re sure you’ve already guessed our recommendation: add load testing to your automation pipelines.

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Integrate k6 with your favorite DevOps and Developer Tools

At Load Impact we believe in goal oriented and automated load testing. That's why we have built k6 to work smoothly in such environments, integrating nicely with tools like CircleCIJenkins and TeamCity. Now we can offer even more integrations such as AWS Codebuild, bash (*nix /MacOS) and PowerShell (Windows)

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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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Meetup: The Magic of Load Testing

Tl;dr — We're hosting a Stockholm Software Test Talk meetup at our HQ in Stockholm. The headline of the event is "The Magic of Testing: How to load test, the developer way" by Robin Gustafsson.

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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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Advanced Load Testing: When to Use Simulated User Data in Load Tests

For the most accurate load test, best practices (and common sense) dictate that your testing environment be as close to real production and user behavior as possible. We get it, though! Best practices don’t necessarily reflect the challenge and rush of a real development pipeline. For example, if you’re like us, you likely have a much larger amount of data in your production environment than in your testing and staging environment. A detailed, extremely realistic testing database is nice, but perhaps not necessary. Let us explain.

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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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