344 pages | 53 B/W Illus.
Structured to follow the software life cycle, Patterns for Performance and Operability provides advice and examples-based instructions at every phase. You can read it from start to finish or go directly to those chapters that interest you the most. Whatever approach you choose, you will learn:
· Define and document comprehensive non-functional requirements for any software system
· Define scope and logistics for non-functional test activities
· Execute non-functional tests and report results clearly and effectively
· Patterns for defensive software designs in common software scenarios that promote operability and availability
· Implement the right level of reporting, monitoring, and trending for highly available production software systems
· Software designs that support simpler and more efficient operation in a production environment
· Software design that support high-performance and scalability
Strategies and Techniques for:
· Techniques for managing and troubleshooting during a production crisis
· Strategies for resisting project pressure to compromise on quality or completeness of non-functional activities in the software cycle
". . . written in an easy to read and logical format . . . The concepts and principles in this book will never be outdated . . . I recommend this book to anyone who has a responsibility and interest in improving the quality of enterprise software. Whether you are deploying your software internally at your own organization or externally for customers reading this book and implementing the principles (assuming this is not already being done) will undoubtedly improve the quality of your system and will lead to an improved computing experience for your end users."
– Alan Madick, in StickyMinds.com, January 2009
Production Systems in the Real World
Why Should I Read This Book?
The Non-functional Systems Challenge
What Is Covered by Non-functional Testing
Planning for the Unexpected
Patterns for Operability in Application Design
Planning and Project Initiation
The Business Case for Non-functional Testing
Scoping and Estimating
Test and Resource Planning
What are Non-functional Requirements?
Do I Need Non-functional Requirements?
Roles and Responsibilities
Establishing a Business Usage Model
The Characteristics of a Robust System
The Operability Review
Defining Your Scope
Load Testing Software
Additional Testing Apparatus
Test Preparation and Execution
Case Study: Online Banking
Case Study: The Banking Front Office
Resisting Pressure from the Functional Requirements Stream
A Question of Degree
Pressures from the Functional Requirements Stream
Setting the Stage for Success
Trending and Reporting
Capacity Modelling and Planning
Troubleshooting and Crisis Management
Reproducing the Issue
Determining Root Cause
Applying a Fix
What Is the Definition of Good Design?
Testing a Design
Common Impediments to Good Design