STAREAST 2019 Pre-conference Training : Load Testing With JMeter™

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Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 8:30am to Monday, April 29, 2019 - 5:00pm

Load Testing With JMeter™

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  • Develop a foundational understanding of JMeter
  • Determine strategies for recording a test
  • Discover how to monitor bottlenecks
  • Understand meaningful reporting strategies
  • Learn how to Scale tests in the cloud cost effectively
Load and performance testing is complicated due to the holistic nature of finding performance bottlenecks. Rather than complicate matters by introducing the complexities of a proprietary load testing software licensing scheme, with some added engineering effort, you can use an open source framework to manage, record, and execute your tests. 
This hands-on class will engage students in running tests against a sample application to help solve issues that include basic test recording, dealing with SSL, and parameterizing tests. It includes theoretical components that discuss how to find bottlenecks, what and how to monitor tests, the importance of results aggregation and reporting, and how to implement it. Lastly, we will discuss the creation of a cost-effective load and performance infrastructure in the cloud so you can scale tests and not break the bank.
Who Should Attend
This intermediate class contains technical content that teaches JMeter load testing techniques and is appropriate for Software Developer, Software Tester, Test Engineer, Performance Tester, Performance Engineer, Test Lead, DevOps Engineer, and Operational Support roles. Anyone interested in making an elastic load testing infrastructure that can fit into their CI/CD pipeline should also attend. 
Participants should have some programming knowledge, some knowledge of the http protocol, and a basic understanding of how web servers work. 
Laptop Required
Attendees are required to bring their own laptop with permissions to install the following:
  • Java 8 or 9 installed.
  • JMeter software
  • A text editor. The text editor will need to be more advanced than Notepad. If you are a developer, your existing IDE will do; if not we recommend Notepad++.
  • The ability to ssh; we recommend putty.
  • A git client. You can choose any client but we recommend this one.
At a minimum you must be able to install putty and have an html5 capable browserIf you can only meet the minimum requirements, please contact Client Support prior to class as this will require additional preparation by the course instructor.


Course Outline
Intro to JMeter
Discussion of the tool
Overview of the UI
Discussion of Basic Performance testing concepts 
Recording a Test
Step by step instruction for recording a simple test against a sample application
Examples of how to locally execute that test 
Reading the results to a simple test
Dealing with SSL
High level discussion of SSL concepts
How JMeter handles SSL
Hands on run through of recording a test against an SSL sample site
Building Tests from a Recorded Script
Discussion on generalizing tests
Walk through of Jmeter UI tools that help parameterize tests
Running Tests
Why you should use Jenkins to control test execution
SCM and managing your tests
Exercises with Jenkins
Picking Test Scenarios
Theory section that identifies some rules of thumb for selecting tests
What to do when you have to create test scenarios from scratch
How to decide what to test on a brand new system
Running Tests in Parallel
Introduction of thread groups
Overview of data dependancies
Discussion of when and how to seed data
What to Monitor
Where to look for bottlenecks
Common free tools to use
Discussion of the usual suspects
Results Aggregation and Reporting
How to collect data
How to normalize the data for a coherent report
The importance of time
Scaling in the Cloud
Demo of a simple, scaleable, cost effective performance testing architecture
Discussion of design decisions and limitations
Class Daily Schedule
/Registration 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Morning Session 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon Session 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Times represent the typical daily schedule. Please confirm your schedule at registration.
Training Course Fee Includes
• Tuition
• Course notebook
• Continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks
• Lunches
• Letter of completion

Glenn Buckholz leads CI and deployment automation efforts at Coveros. Using his more than fifteen years of industry experience, Glenn brings success to his customers. Beginning his career as a consultant implementing automated test frameworks, he introduced the concept of change management to many, many projects. After moving on from consulting, Glenn settled down at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board as their full-time enterprise change manager. He eventually ventured back into the real world at Coveros, where he specializes in implementing agile practices, implementing CI, and engineering configuration management instead of simply documenting it.