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Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 Why Performance Test?

    1. What Is Performance? The End-User Perspective

    2. Bad Performance: Why It’s So Common

    3. Summary

  2. Chapter 2 The Fundamentals of Effective Application Performance Testing

    1. Choosing an Appropriate Performance Testing Tool

    2. Designing an Appropriate Performance Test Environment

    3. Setting Realistic and Appropriate Performance Targets

    4. Making Sure Your Application Is Stable Enough for Performance Testing

    5. Obtaining a Code Freeze

    6. Identifying and Scripting the Business-Critical Transactions

    7. Providing Sufficient Test Data of High Quality

    8. Ensuring Accurate Performance Test Design

    9. Identifying the Server and Network Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

    10. Allocating Enough Time to Performance Test Effectively

    11. Summary

  3. Chapter 3 The Process of Performance Testing

    1. The Proof of Concept (POC)

    2. From Requirements to Performance Test

    3. Case Study 1: Online Banking

    4. Case Study 2: Call Center

    5. Summary

  4. Chapter 4 Interpreting Results: Effective Root-Cause Analysis

    1. The Analysis Process

    2. Types of Output from a Performance Test

    3. Root-Cause Analysis

    4. Analysis Checklist

    5. Summary

  5. Chapter 5 Application Technology and Its Impact on Performance Testing

    1. Asynchronous Java and XML (AJAX)

    2. Citrix

    3. HTTP Protocol

    4. Java

    5. Oracle

    6. SAP

    7. Service-Orientated Architecture (SOA)

    8. Web 2.0

    9. Oddball Application Technologies: Help, My Load Testing Tool Won’t Record It!

  1. Appendix Transaction Examples

  2. Appendix POC and Performance Test Quick Reference

    1. The Proof of Concept

    2. Performance Test Execution Checklist

    3. Analysis Checklist

  3. Appendix Automated Tool Vendors

    1. Application Performance Optimization

    2. Load and Performance Testing

    3. Web Remote Performance Testing and Monitoring

    4. Functional Testing

    5. Requirements Management

    6. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Testing

  4. Appendix Sample KPI Monitoring Templates

  5. Appendix Sample Project Plan

  6. Colophon