Contrasting White-Box and Black-Box Performance Testing

Steve Splaine, Nielsen Media Research

What exactly do people mean when they say they are going to run a "black box performance test"? And why would they choose to adopt such a test strategy over a potentially more revealing approach such as "white box performance testing"? Steve Splaine answers these and other performance testing questions by comparing and contrasting these two techniques, focusing on test design, test execution, and test results. In this session you'll discover which approach will work best for you or if a combination of both makes more sense in the context of your own projects-for some the answer may be black or white, but for others it maybe a shade of gray.

  • The pro's and con's of white and black box performance testing techniques
  • What is meant by the term "gray box performance testing"
  • Examples of post-testing performance improvements

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