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Performance and swag for you to brag [Software testing tools you should know]

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Software development companies are comparable to galaxies. Like the planets in a galaxy, a company has many teams. Each having a role, each working on a project. If the software developers are the ones developing the product, software testers are the ones who make sure you get to use it without any kind of inconvenience.

Software testers form a nucleus of energy and are very important to any IT outsourcing company. With knowledge and determination, they are capable of delivering the very best products. They are a driving force fueled by the use of applications that help them reach the best results.

Matter with JMeter

But what is JMeter? For all the software testers out there, JMeter is an open-source application that can be used to measure the performance of a software, application or product on both static and dynamic resources.

The first version of JMeter was developed back in 1998 and it was initially built to test the performance of web applications. As the world of software services developed, JMeter needed to keep up with the times. So, features were added in order to expand its functions. Such functions are the possibility to perform functional testing, regression testing, performance testing or stress testing.

Important: JMeter is not a browser. Although it looks like a browser, it can’t perform all the actions supported by browsers. JMeter is a performance testing tool working only at the protocol level.

The JMeter working methodology is not very complicated. It all starts with a user (or a group of users) sending a request to the server. The server will respond to the request, automatically saving the given response. Next, based on the request, the application will calculate the statical information, returning the result for the targeted server to show the performance of an application in the form of a report.

Various applications can be tested using JMeter. From websites, web services, database servers to mail servers, TCP servers or Shell scripts, JMeter turns out to be a very valuable asset to our work.

In terms of the advantages, we can start by saying that JMeter is an open-source application, it does not need an installation and it is user-friendly. Being a desktop application can be executed on various platforms (Windows, Linux, etc.), it allows the extension of the tests through visualization plugins and delivers the results in multiple formats (table, chart, log file, and tree). JMeter estimates the performance of the database server and supports web application testing through numerous testing processes (Functional, Distributes and Load testing).

Why do we need JMeter? (if you are still not convinced by the above)

The answer is simple. For example, if your project is destined to be used by large groups, you need an application that can simulate a heavy load on a server, a group of servers, a network or an object to check the performance under different load types.

If you want to know more about JMeter and how can it help you in your work, click here.

I’ve got the moves like Swagger

Software engineers, software testers, programmers, they all need to share data and developments. The best solution is a thorough API. That’s why we have and use Swagger.

Swagger is an open-source framework used to design API’s. It uses a common language and enables the development of the API’s lifecycle, including documentation, testing, deployment, and design.

When it comes to design API’s, Swagger is the best choice for many reasons.

A very good, understandable and available documentation is the key to do great things. The user-friendly interface and the clarity of information existent in Swagger allows partners, potential clients, product managers to have input in the design of the API.

The API is both human and machine-readable. It can be shared internally with your team and it can be used to automate API dependent processes.

Also, its high adjustability makes it great for testing and bug fixing.

Why is designing the API so important?

Well, there are two ways to approach the building of an API documentation.

  • Design-first, which means designing the API before you write any code, and,
  • Code-first, which means that you already wrote the code and you are using Swagger to document the API

In the early days, the code-first approach was very popular. It is a much easier approach because you are writing code and adjust it as you go. But the lack of design makes hard to read and follow the documentation.

On the other hand, the design-first approach took the stage when it became clear that an easy-to-read documentation is crucial. The result of adopting this method is a cleaner code and more people having an input on the documentation. And here is the answer to our question.

For more info about what Swagger can do for you, click here.

AROBS is working smart

Of course, nothing is more important than testing the methods above. We tested them and we use them. Time is important for all of us. Why lose it when we can benefit from using these methods and deliver better products to our clients?

We believe in building the best software and in the 20+ years in the software development industry, we learned that delivering a perfect product must be a priority.

Having the best specialists, AROBS Transilvania Software is one of the best IT outsourcing companies in Romania. We deliver state-of-the-art software solutions for our clients. We work with over 7000 clients located in 14 countries on the 3 continents. Our main office is in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and, we have other offices are in Baia-Mare, Iasi, Suceava, Arad, Bucuresti, and Tg. Mures. Our international branches are in Hungary, Republic of Moldova, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Serbia, and Indonesia.

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