Technology changes at the speed of light. To say it can be hard to keep up is an understatement. For performance engineers, taking charge of your own continuing education is one of the most important things you can do to remain at the top of your game.

You have stay on top of new technology and practices. One great way to do this is by plugging into communities of performance engineers and learning what others are doing. Managers in particular should do everything possible to facilitate this process for team members. As an individual contributor, it can be helpful to educate your peers, both within Quality Assurance and outside of your group.

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1. How to Prepare Yourself For Test Case Writing and Improve Your Productivity

For any tester, writing high quality test cases is (or should be) a top priority. In order to improve the efficiency and productivity of test case writing, testers should be aware of a few key points.

First comes professional and psychological preparation. Then testers will need to identify and understand the quality metrics involved in the project. Finally, testers will need to know how bugs are reported, how issues are escalated and how the test reports are prepared for stakeholders.

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Approved this February by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), HTTP/2 is the first major update to HTTP since 1999, when HTTP/1.1 was standardized. Designed with performance in mind, one of the biggest goals of HTTP/2 implementation is to decrease latency while maintaining a high-level compatibility with HTTP/1.1. Though not all testing activities will be impacted by the new protocol, it’s important for testers to be aware of any changes moving forward.

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We all have times that we’re in a jam. How familiar does this scenario sound? Your company is going to be announcing something big tomorrow, and a lot of people will take notice. It’s getting late in the evening and everyone would normally be home by now, but today the entire office is buzzing as everyone is preparing for the news. Your responsibility: make sure the website can handle all the traffic that’s coming. You hear every tick of the clock as hours stretch later into the night, and you see your manager popping in with a death glare – obviously eager to know how things are going, but not wanting to get in your way.

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1. Learning Performance Testing

With over twenty years of experience in the software industry, Alex Podelko knows a thing or two about…just about everything. Performance testing steals the spotlight in this article, in which Podelko explores several different resources and ways that testers can become better acquainted with the concept.

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