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The Art of Scalability: Scalable Web Architecture, Processes, and Organizations for the Modern Enterprise, Second Edition by Michael T. Fisher, Martin L. Abbott

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Chapter 17. Performance and Stress Testing

If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

—Sun Tzu

After peripherally mentioning performance and stress testing in previous chapters, we now turn our full attention to these tests. In this chapter, we discuss how these tests differ in purpose and output as well as how they impact scalability. Whether you use performance tests, stress tests, neither, or both, this chapter should give you some fresh perspectives on the purpose and viability of testing that you can use to either revamp or initiate a testing process in your organization.

As is the case with the quality of your product, scalability is something that must be designed early in the development life cycle. ...

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