I’ve spent the last year or so writing notes and fleshing out chapters for a book called Performance Testing Web Applications, so imagine my very slight feeling of annoyance when I did a google search for my book title and found that someone had released a very similar book 3 months earlier…

J.D. Meier, Carlos Farre, Prashant Bansode, Scott Barber, and Dennis Rea have collaborated on a book called Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications, which is available either as a free download, or in dead-tree format through Amazon.

Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications

The book is really good, so I highly recommend that you grab a copy and have a read.


Published On: November 28, 2007Tags: ,


  1. Chris December 12, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    ooh excellent! I will get started reading immediately and share this link with my coworkers! (The props will all be mine)

    Thanks Stu!

  2. Dmitry Motevich December 13, 2007 at 12:02 am

    I’ve started reading of this book.
    Actually, this is an excellent book for any performance tester. A kind of “must have” book 🙂

    Thank you, Stuart, for sharing info on this book!

  3. Chris Meisenzahl December 13, 2007 at 12:05 am

    I grabbed that last week myself, good stuff! 😉


  4. Linden December 13, 2007 at 10:03 am

    Thanks Stu…I love you in a professional way 😉

  5. Scott Barber December 13, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    I guess it’s lucky for me then, that the only part of the title that I had any part in selecting was the word “Guidance”. 😉

    I can’t tell you how good it feels to read positive feedback about the book. I won’t bore you with the details, but imagine what it’s like trying to write a tool, technology, & process agnostic book where 3 members of the core team and at least half of the reviewers have more than enough content to write the book on their own, with a goal of not alienating any of the industry factions, with remote & asynchronous team members, within the bounds of the MS style-guide and bureaucracy, and without the message getting watered down to the point of uselessness. I think it was almost as complicated as actually *doing* good performance testing! 🙂

    All kidding aside, there are parts of the book that I love and parts that I’m already ready to re-write. That said, if the book does nothing other than give the authors, trainers, bloggers, researchers, and doers a common point of reference to debate over and grow from, then I will be happy with the outcome (even if ALL of the growth ends up being counter to the guidance in the book!)

    I would like to encourage folks to submit reviews on Amazon. I don’t make any money off of book sales, so please don’t hesitate to add the link to the .pdf version or the MSN web-based version if you’d rather not promote the “dead tree” format, as Stuart put it.

    Happy reading!

    Scott Barber
    President & Chief Technologist, PerfTestPlus, Inc.
    Vice President & Executive Director, Association for Software Testing

    “If you can see it in your mind…
    you will find it in your life.”

  6. Corey Goldberg December 15, 2007 at 5:25 am

    Well hopefully you will go forward with your book anyway. The more published material about performance testing, the better!

    all you need is a new title 🙂

  7. Sargon Benjamin April 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Kudos to Scott for helping author the guide. I actually worked for Alberto Savoia (Agitar Founder/CTO), one of the folks who wrote a foreward for the guide. The guide itself is awesome and informative though it can be verbose in some areas. Maybe thats just the MS guidelines at work 🙂 I’ll keep my eyes on the lookout for an update should you choose to do so. For now, I can only say thanks BIG time.

  8. krishna July 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    can i have any of u people number plz.i have lot of doubts

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