News of The Damned 6-18-2015

Kicking off an entire week of crashing websites this NOTD comes from the middle of last month and includes world-wide life-critical news events, repeat offenders in India, politicians crashing government websites and the IRS sadly takes a hit. Mark explains "slash-dotting" while Lucifer once again claims: "cuz you know it's just static content that could be cached in the CDN, right dude?!" Please take note, this episode contains absolutely no stories about ticket websites in the UK. Nice work guys!

Episode #62 Bots Bots Bots Yeah!

Hello, this is Robot X - I would like to crawl and blast your website with my illegitimate traffic. And we spend time chatting about the differences between known and unknown load caused by semi-intelligent automated agents: BOTS! We cover a little bit of summertime news, the first PerfBytes radio play and plenty of details on how to include bot traffic in your workload profiles.

Episode formally sponsored by our good friends at Smart Bear and SOASTA, check ‘em out!

News of The Damned 5-21-2015

Let's talk about a whole new set of system crashes internationally, politically, with repeat offenders, ospreys, pirates and law students potentially suffering the abuse of a browser spinning endlessly. Scott Moore sends us a goodie from a bookstore in the UK, IT Professionals in India have still not learned a lesson about caching static content and our friends in the UK have learned a new trick about pre-event site crashes. What fun we're having, eh kids!? Bwwwaaaaahahahahahaha!!!

Episode #61 Performance Test Variation

The first run passed, the next run failed. Which run is right? How do you know? Variability between test runs giving different test results can be a mind-boggling, frustrating ordeal and in the worst case could undermine the entire testing initiative with a lack of trust. In this episode we dig deeper into the details around pre-test conditions and in-test conditions that affect the accuracy and effectiveness of your performance test measurements.

Episode formally sponsored by our good friends at Smart Bear and SOASTA, check ‘em out!