F13-702: Performance Testing Mobile Applications

Track: Performance Testing

Virtually every activity in every industry is becoming a mobile user experience. From entertaining, streaming media, gaming, social networking to convenient utilities such as mapping, ratings and even secure and private financial transactions. Each of these types of activity creates and cements users’ dependency on their mobile experience.

Performance engineers need to keep up on the latest technologies as well as methodologies. In this STPcon session, we will discuss the requirements and challenges of performance testing mobile applications. Whether the mobile app is a native app (downloaded from a virtual store) or an enhanced mobile website, the goal is to scale to massive volumes. We will delve into creating realistic load script – digging into the technologies and the embedded logic. We’ll also explain how using cloud infrastructures are the perfect solutions for generating the virtual user load. Monitoring is also very important in identifying bottlenecks which prevent the app from scaling to a heavy workload. This will be an end-to-end session about performance testing mobile applications.

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Session Speaker:

Rebecca ClinardRebecca Clinard – Peformance Engineer, Mentora Group
Rebecca Clinard is a Seasoned Performance Engineer. She has been active in the web application performance industry since the beginning of the internet boom – back in 2000. Over the years, she has been using a variety of tools and approaches while honing/defining testing methodologies. Performance testing and tuning is her passion. All of her experience is hands-on, actually doing the work, overcoming the challenges and becoming successful in getting application to scale to the target workload. She enjoys taking very technical information and evangelizing the technology into easier to understand words, sometimes using humorous real life analogies. She has published a variety of syndicated blogs, making a name for herself in the industry. Previously, she worked as a web application performance engineer for industries spanning many verticals such as retail, financial services, insurance, gaming, and supply management. Her expertise lies in creating realistic load tests and performance tuning multi-tier deployments. She has worked for an enterprise load tool company and conducted POC”s on a variety of technologies including HTTP/S, Flex, RTMP, Sliverlight, REST, Web Services, SAP, E-business, HTML5, Mobile, etc. Clinard graduated from University of New Hampshire with a BS in Bioscience and Technology and also holds a UNIX Certificate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Specialized expertise is in tuning clustered java application server applications deployed in unix/linux environments.