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Java™ Web Services Unleashed by Mark Wutka, Joseph Weber, Arthur Ryman, K. Scott Morrison, Benoît Marchal, Matthias Kloppmann, Steven Haines, Darren Govoni, Francisco Curbera, Frank Cohen, Robert Brunner

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Scalability and Performance Testing

Web services are very different to test than desktop software. At any time a Web service handles 1 to 5000 requests. Learning the performance and scalability characteristics of a Web application under the load of hundreds of users is important for managing software development projects, to build sufficient data centers, and to guarantee a good user experience. The interoperating modules of a Web service often do not show their interdependent nature until loaded with user activity.

There are two ways to analyze a Web application: scalability and performance. By now, common sense tells you that learning one without the other can give you meaningless answers. What good would it be to learn a Web application's ...

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