April 18, 2022

Load testing - You can pay attention to this

Jolivé Hodehou
Blog > Test Automation
Load testing - You can pay attention to this

Load testing is necessary and should always be part of your testing before production.

Never underestimate the importance of load testing.

'It is always interesting to see that people cram their projects full of unit tests but not a single performance test.'

Performance problems are often overlooked until the software completely fails.

Software with bugs and problems that hinder or limit its use can make the difference between a company’s success and failure, the ability to attract/loyalize users or lose them to the competition.

Improving your system’s performance through rigorous practices and continuous testing is a great way to detect problems ahead of time.

Why should I do the load tests

Load testing is a non-functional software testing process in which the performance of the software application is tested under a specific expected load. 

Basically, it is imposing a load on the system to see how it performs. For example, simulating 15,000 concurrent users on a website

During this time, we can collect many valuable metrics, such as average response time or average number of requests per minute.

3 Advantages of Load Testing

Testers 🐞— By using load-testing, you can simulate thousands of test users

It helps you check for performance bottlenecks before deploying to production.

It reduces the possibility of downtime by checking and isolating requests that need to be improved and made better.

Performance 🚀— With load-testing, you can find and fix performance issues before users will find them.

Load testing is a kind of performance testing. It will help you to minimize the risks associated with performance requirements and support continuous process improvement by supporting performance tuning. 

After a new release, they are useful for determining whether the performance of the application under test will improve or degrade under expected load conditions.

Confidence 💪🏾 — It gives a sense of confidence and reliability before the application is released.

 Be confident that your application can handle thousands of users.

3 tools for Load Testing

There are many load testing tools available today for all kinds of applications and organizations.

Here are three if you finally decide to get into load testing:

 — K6 & Postman

K6, an evolution of loadimpact, an online load testing tool. It uses JavaScript to describe the testing that will be performed.

 — Apache Jmeter

Apache JMeter is one of the most commonly used open-source performance testing tools for load testing. It was originally developed for testing web applications or FTP applications.

 — Locust

“Locust — A modern load testing framework”

For load testing https://locust.io and gatling are easy to integrate in the pipeline.

Keep in mind that “For software to work successfully, it is essential to run performance tests.”

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Jolivé Hodehou

About the author

Jolivé Hodehou

I am a person who likes to help! This is essentially why QA is for me. I bring 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆, 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆, 𝗼𝗯𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆, 𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹 to the profile of others to contribute to the delivery of quality products and get involved in the various aspects of the QA role. I enjoy being challenged daily to help build the best software possible. 🚀🔮

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