david alfonso

Book review: Performance Testing

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Title: Performance Testing

Subtitle: An ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level Specialist Certification Review

Author: Keith Yorkston


The book is oriented towards obtaining the ISTQB Certified Performance Tester certification and uses its syllabus as a guide to organize the contents.

The author does a good job of explaining the certification syllabus, expanding it with information from other resources, adding his own experiences, and including summary boxes to favour studying. It does not feel like other certification books, where understanding and learning are disregarded in favour of an extreme focus on passing the exam.

On the other hand, it only scratches the technical surface of systems performance, sometimes feels repetitive, and assumes you have a testing background (which seems reasonable if you're trying to get the certificate).

It's a good read, even if you're not planning on taking the exam (like me), but I'd recommend skimming over the chapters related to formal processes and to testing tools.

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