Running Gatling through Gradle – Complete Beginner’s Guide

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I have been using the stress testing tool Gatling alot recently. It is becoming one of my favourite performance testing tools. There is decent getting started documentation on the Gatling website. But this involves downloading a zip file, then running a BAT or SH script to launch Gatling. You then select the test you want to run from the list. It would be much nicer to do all the above through…

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The 100 Day Deep Work Challenge

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This year I have set myself the goal of creating 3 video tutorial courses. It will be a difficult goal to achieve. Because like everyone else, I am very busy with my job, family and life in general. It’s getting towards the end of February as I write this, and I haven’t made a great deal of progress. I have periods where I get quite a lot done. But then…

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All the Books I Read in 2016

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Normally, I am lucky if I read more than three or four books a year. There just never seems to be enough time. But last year, I read more books that ever! Mostly in the self-improvement genre. I figured that it would be good to write a blog post on all the books I read. I was inspired to write this post by reading a similar one that John Sonmez writes…

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Personal Goal and Objective Planning 2017

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Another new year is upon us. Hurray! What better time then to plan out the goals and values that I want to achieve over the coming year? I read a lot of books over the past year, especially on personal development. It is clear from them that having clearly defined goals is essential. Reading this great post from Brian Tracy inspired me to write this post. When creating these goals…

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Branching out my Blog – Starting a Software Testing Business

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My Dilema I have made the decision to expand the content of this blog somewhat. I wanted to write a short post to explain what I plan to do, and my thinking behind it. Over the past few months I have published some software testing blogs that I have been pretty happy with. They have had quite a lot of shares / views, more than I expected. They prompted some interesting discussion….

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8 Key Insights from Running a Technical Workshop

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Last week I was in Prague, running my first ever technical workshop. It was on the stress testing tool Gatling. You can read about my thoughts just before delivering the workshop in this blog post. In this post I am going to highlight 8 insights that I gained from creating and delivering this workshop. Let me start by saying that as a little as a year ago, this is not…

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Running My First Ever Technical Workshop – The Night Before

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Overview of the Workshop This post might not contain any particularly useful content. It’s midnight in Prague, tomorrow I am running my first ever technical workshop. I want to write a post about the workshop, particularly outlying the things that are concerning me. If I don’t write this post tonight, it will be too late. The workshop is a half-day (4 hour) workshop on Gatling, the Scala based stress testing tool. I…

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Unexpected Consequences of becoming a “Technical Tester”

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I want to talk about an experience that has got me thinking in alot more depth about my profession. In my last sprint, I had a story to develop a solution to performance test our system’s midtier. It was late in the day. It was late in the sprint. I had just finished a complex part of my Gatling script. I needed to write a few lambda equations. These would facilitate…

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