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patterns & practices Performance Guidance Roundup

patterns & practices Performance Guidance Roundup

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This is a comprehensive roundup of our patterns & practices performance guidance for the Microsoft platform.   I put it together based on customers looking for our performance guidance, but having a hard time finding it.  While you might come across a guide here or a How To there, it can be difficult to see the full map, including the breadth and depth of our performance guidance.   This is a simple map. organized by “guidance type” and topics

Performance “Blue Books”
Blue Books have played a strategic role in both shaping the platform and driving exponential customer success on the platform.   They’ve helped us find and share platform best practices, create mental models and conceptual frameworks, and create systems and approaches that scale success:  The following are the patterns & practices Blue Books for performance:

  • Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications -  This guide covers Microsoft's recommended approach for implementing performance testing for Web applications. These provide steps for managing and conducting performance testing. For simplification and tangible results, they are broken down into activities with inputs, outputs, and steps. You can use the steps as a baseline or to help you evolve your own process.
  • Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability – Customers have called this “The Performance Bible” for the Microsoft platform.  This guide provides end-to-end guidance for managing performance and scalability throughout your application life cycle to reduce risk and lower total cost of ownership. It provides a framework that organizes performance into a handful of prioritized categories where your choices heavily impact performance and scalability success.

For more information on patterns & practices Blue Books, see The Power of Blue Books for Platform Impact.

Performance Engineering (Design / Testing)
This is our body of prescriptive guidance for performance design and testing:

Category Items
Performance Design
Methodologies for Performance Testing

Topics
This is our body of prescriptive guidance for performance organized by performance topics:

Category Items
Capacity
Load Testing
Performance Testing
Stress Testing
Test Case / Scripting
Troubleshooting
Tuning
Workload Modeling

Techniques for Performance Testing (A-Z)

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