Automate Load Testing with GitLab CI

In the GitLab 2018 Global Developer Report it says:

"As we look at 2018 and beyond, IT organizations that successfully adopt continuous improvement practices and seamless automation across their software development lifecycle will have happier, more collaborative, and well-functioning teams who are better positioned to meet their goals and objectives."

60% report automating more of the software development lifecycle as a top priority.

Other key findings from the survey:

  • 61% agree that developers in their organization understand how their changes affect the performance of their application(s)
  • 92of respondents agree that open source tools are critical to software innovation
  • 90% of managers, compared to 84% of developers, agree that practicing Continuous Integration (CI) alleviates blockers in the development process.

Testing came out on top when respondents were asked where in the development process they encountered the most delays: 

From the report: Manual testing and a change of plans mid-process (often by non-technical stakeholders) cause headaches for developers. As one respondent summarized, “We need to plan better and automate more,” a sentiment that was echoed across multiple responses.

We can see from the above that automating the testing process as part of the CI pipeline is a critical area of improvement for development and DevOps teams. Performance testing is a key component of the overall testing process. Performance testing as part of your Continuous Integration process allows developers test early in the development cycle. This makes finding and fixing performance issues faster and more efficient.

View our on-demand webinar recording where we'll cover the basics of performance testing and how to incorporate it into your automation pipeline using the GitLab Continuous Integration tool. Learn how to execute performance tests with our open source load testing toolk6 as part of your CI workflow.

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Performance Testing in the Cloud

Performance testing is an essential part of today's DevOps workflows. It requires the capability to run load tests both locally and in the cloud to address different users' needs at different stages of the software development cycle. 

The DevOps methodology allows development and IT operations teams to significantly increase the speed and frequency of deployment of software. In the 2018 State of DevOps Report, 75% of respondents to the survey increased frequency of deployments. And, 79% of DevOps teams reported improved quality and performance of their software.

Performance testing tools that fit into DevOps workflows help teams to shorten the development cycle and deliver high performance software (websites, apps, and APIs) faster.

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Recording: Webinar on load testing for modern DevOps teams with k6 and Load Impact Insights

In this webinar recording you'll learn:

  • How to download k6 from GitHub
  • How to stream k6 results to Insights for analysis
  • High level overview of results analysis and performance alerts

If you're involved in software development and/or testing of websites, apps or APIs, don't miss this webinar recording on load testing with k6 and Load Impact Insights. k6 is our new, open source load generator, available for download on GitHub (https://github.com/loadimpact/k6).

Webinar recording

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MAY 2018 - Product Update

Busy times here at Load Impact! Not one but two new releases of k6, our open source load testing tool, since last time you heard from us. We’re moving fast towards v1.0 release, thanks to our amazing community. We love you!

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Release: k6 v0.21.0

v0.21.0 is here! 🎉

We're happy to see continued contributions from members of the community in this release, from 4 people outside of Load Impact this time around. A big thanks to the following people for contributing to this release: @antekresic, @cyberw, @danron and @jmccann. Also, thanks to everyone that contributed in other ways on Github, in Slack and for spreading the word about k6!

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Webinar: Load testing for Modern DevOps Teams with k6 and Load Impact Insights

If you're involved in software development and/or testing of websites, apps or APIs, don't miss this webinar on load testing with k6 and Load Impact Insights. k6 is our new, open source load generator, available for download on GitHub (https://github.com/loadimpact/k6).

k6 has been built from the ground up for use by today’s DevOps teams throughout the development cycle. Developers can use k6 early in the development cycle to load test as part of their standard Continuous Integration process.

With k6, you can run tests locally, behind the firewall (available now), and in the cloud on Load Impact's cloud infrastructure (coming soon). Test scenario scripts are created using ES6 JavaScript. This makes it easy to create test scripts without having to learn a new scripting language.

Figure 1: Running a k6 test using JavaScript

Load Impact Insights allows you to store and analyze your k6 load test results. Built-in algorithms help automate results analysis to quickly uncover performance issues. You can start a free trial of Load Impact Insights by clicking here.

Figure 2: Load Impact Insights screen showing load test results

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How to control a live k6 test, with these built-in commands

This article takes a look at the k6 pause/resume/scale/stats/status commands, and how to use them to control and query a remote k6 instance running a test. This can be useful when you want to dynamically control a load test at runtime, pausing it or modifying the number of virtual users.

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Release: k6 v0.20.0

Lots of goodies in this release! 🎉

We are working towards a 1.0 release of k6, and as part of this release we've also published our roadmap for 2018 in the Github wiki. We welcome comments and discussion relating to the roadmap, both in the corresponding issues as well as in Slack.

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k6 loves Grafana

Many people have started using k6 to test their web services and APIs, but not all are aware of the different results output options offered by k6. This article shows how simple it is to use Grafana to visualise your k6 test results.

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Webinar: Analyzing your load testing results with Load Impact Insights

Join our webinar where we'll describe the difference between Load Impact Insights, our new analysis solution, versus the way results are handled in the current load testing platform. We will continue to reveal features that will be part of our next major platform upgrade, built on top of our open source load testing tool - k6

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