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Swing Extreme Testing by Tim Lavers, Lindsay Peters

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Chapter 18. Load Testing

Load testing is one area of software engineering where we believe that it can pay more to do less. We can put it no better than Donald E. Knuth and C. A. R. Hoare:

  • "There is no doubt that the grail of efficiency leads to abuse. Programmers waste enormous amounts of time thinking about, or worrying about, the speed of noncritical parts of their programs, and these attempts at efficiency actually have a strong negative impact when debugging and maintenance are considered. We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil." (From "Structured Programming with go to Statements" by Donald E. Knuth, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94805, available from ...

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