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Incorporating Performance Testing in Test-Driven Development
May/June 2007 (vol. 24 no. 3)
pp. 67-73
Michael J. Johnson, IBM Corporation
Chih-Wei Ho, North Carolina State University
E. Michael Maximilien, IBM Corporation
Laurie Williams, North Carolina State University
Performance design and performance testing are necessarily different from functional test case design. A rigorous test-driven design methodology isn't practical for all performance measurement. A test-first approach to performance provides some advantages in a TDD environment. Experience with applying early performance testing in a TDD framework for a device-driver development project provides insight into the test-first approach. The results show a trend of performance improvement throughout the development life cycle, and better performance compared to an earlier release. Lessons learned include the benefit of having a performance architect on the development team and of tracking performance measurements throughout the development life cycle.This article is part of a special issue on test-driven development.
Index Terms:
testing strategies, test execution, performance measures
Citation:
Michael J. Johnson, Chih-Wei Ho, E. Michael Maximilien, Laurie Williams, "Incorporating Performance Testing in Test-Driven Development," IEEE Software, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 67-73, May-June 2007, doi:10.1109/MS.2007.77
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