Event-Driven Patterns for the Internet of Things


Due to the IoT devices and sensors being everywhere and gathering voluminous amounts of data, one of the most challenging issues is to assess the continuously growing data sets, particularly in real-time. For IoT systems, it is necessary to be capable enough to respond timely with the ever-changing trends so you can deliver real-time BI (business intelligence) that can have a major role in the IoT solutions’ success. If you are using an event-driven architecture for your internet of things ecosystem then the following patterns can hugely benefit you.

Complex Event Processing

Complex event processing tackles the issue of repeated incoming pattern events. Generally, the matching culminates into complicated events that are itself created from the input events.

In conventional DBMS, typically a query is run on stored data; on the other hand, complex event processing runs data on a stored query.

You can eliminate any irrelevant query data. CEP is useful as they are applicable to infinite data streams. Moreover, the processing of input data is quick. When the IoT ecosystem checks all the matching sequence events, results are released. As a result, it helps with the analytics capabilities of the complex event processing.

Put simply, event processing is used for the identification of events (like threats or opportunities) and generates a response for them prior to its occurrence or in its aftermath. Bear in mind that event-driven architecture and complex event processing are closely interlinked.

Event Processing

For creating IoT-scalable applications, one of the more popular distributed architecture patterns is the event-driven architecture. The pattern comprises of single-purpose and highly decoupled components of event processing which process and receives events with an asynchronous format.

One specific area where an event-driven architecture can come in handy is those complex engineered system with a loosely coupled structure. There is no need to specify a formal or bounded infrastructure to categorize components. Instead, you can introduce autonomy for the components that are open to both decoupling and coupling with various networks while responding to a wide range of events. Hence, it is possible to reuse IoT components with separate networks.

Mediator and broker are the two primary topologies of the event-driven architectures.  The mediator topology is often required when you have to orchestrate several steps with a central mediator for an event. On the other, broker topology can be useful when you do not want to work with a central mediator for chaining events together.

Mediator Topology

Events that have a wide range of steps and need to process the event with orchestration can use the mediator topology.

The mediator topology offers event processors, event channels, event mediator, and event queues. The flow of the events begins when an event queue receives an event from a client, which is usually required for the event’s transportation to the event mediator. After getting the initial event, the event mediator performs the orchestration of the event; to do this, it sends more asynchronous events towards the event channels for executing all the process steps. The event channels are listened by the event processors who are given the event by the event mediator. Afterward, certain business logic is executed for processing the event.

Broker Topology

The broker topology is not the same as the mediator topology because of the lack of a central event mediator. Instead, a message broker is used to distribute the message flow between the components of an event processor with a chain-like approach. This topology is primarily used when there is no central event orchestration and the event processing flow is relatively straight-forward and simple.

Broker topology is composed of two components: an event processor and broker component. The broker component can be federated and centralized; all the event flow’s channels are stored by the broker. These channels can be message topics, message queues, or both.

Event Sourcing

The pattern is used to specify the methodology for managing data operations which are driven by a sequence of events—an append-only store saves all of them. An event-based series is sent by the application code which contains details of all the actions that have been performed on the event store’s data.

The concept around event sourcing revolves around the idea that when a system’s state is modified, the change of state can be referred to as an event. This means that the system can be reconstructed in the future if the events are reprocessed. The primary truth source is the event store where the system state entirely depends on it. A version-control system is one of the examples of this idea.

Events are raised by the event source and operations are performed by tasks in reply to those events. This tasks’ decoupling allows for achieving greater extensibility and flexibility. The event data or type of event, such details are known by the task, although they are unaware of the actual operation that invoked the event. Furthermore, every event can be managed by several tasks. This helps with integrating other systems and services that look for any latest event from the event store.

The events of event sourcing are typically on a low level; it is possible that you might need to create specific integration events.

An append-only operation is used to store events; they are asynchronous and immutable. In the background, tasks run to manage the events. Additionally, if the transactions’ processing suffers from lack of contention then scalability and performance can be significantly improved for IoT applications, particularly while working with the user interface and presentation level.

However, there are certain issues with the event source as well. For instance, there are no existing solutions or standard strategies like SQL queries to read the events for procuring information. To assess the current entity’s state, all events can be replayed which link with it against the original entity’s state. The process of replaying events has its own pitfalls, such as the outside systems’ interactions on which the results rely.

Introduction to Apache Kafka


Apache Kafka is a fault-tolerant and scalable messaging system that works on the publish-subscribe model. It helps developers to design distributed systems. Many major web applications like Airbnb, Twitter and Linkedin use Kafka.

Need for Kafka

Going forward, in order to design innovative digital services, developers require access to a wide data stream—which has to be integrated as well. Usually, the data sources such as transactional data like shopping carts, inventory, and orders are integrated with searches, recommendations, likes, and patch links. This portion of data holds an important role to offer insights into the behavior of customers’ purchasing habits. Here, different prediction analytics systems are used to predict future trends. It is this domain in which Kafka’s brilliance offers the companies a chance to edge their competitors.

How Was It Conceptualized

Around 9 years ago, in 2019, a team comprising of Neha Narkhede, Jun Rao, and Jay Kreps developed Apache Kafka at Linkedin. At that time, they were focusing to resolve a complex issue—voluminous amounts of event data related to LinkedIn’s infrastructure and website struggled from low latency ingestion. They planned to use a lambda architecture that took advantage of real-time event processing systems like Hadoop. Back then, they had no access to any real-time applications that could solve their issues.

For data ingestion, there were solutions in the form of offline batch systems. However, doing so risked exposing a lot of implementation information. These solutions also utilized a push model, capable of overwhelming consumers.

While the team had the option to use conventional messaging queues like RabbitMQ, they were deemed as overkill for the problem at hand. Companies do wish to add machine-learning but when they cannot get the data, the algorithms are of no use. Data extraction from the source systems was difficult, particularly moving it reliably. The existing enterprise messaging and batch-based solutions did not resolve the issue.

Hence, Kafka was designed as the ingestion backbone for such issues. By 2011, Kafka’s data ingestion was close to 1 billion events per day. In less than 5 years, it reached 1 trillion messages per day.

How Does Kafka Work?

Kafka offers scalable, persistent, and in-order messaging. Like other publish-subscribe systems, it is also powered by topics, subscribers, and publishers. It supports high parallel consumption via topic partitioning. Each message that is written to Kafka replicates and persists to the peer brokers. You can adjust the time span of these messages, for instance, if you configure it 30 days then they perish after a month.

Kafka’s major aspect is its log. Log here refers to the data structure that is append-only data order insertion which is time-ordered. In Kafka, you can use any type of data.

Typically, a database writes event modifications to a log and also extracts column values from them. For Kafka, messages write to a topic that is responsible for log maintenance. From these topics, subscribers can access and extract their relevant data representations.

For instance, a shopping cart’s log activity might include: add product shirt, add product bag, remove product shirt, and checkout. For the log, this activity is presented to the downstream systems. When that log is read by a shopping cart service, it can reference to the objects of the shopping cart that indicate the constituents of the shopping cart: product bag, and ready for checkout.

Since Apache Kafka is known to store messages for longer period of time, applications can be re-winded to previous log positions for reprocessing. For instance, consider a scenario in which you wish to use a new analytic algorithm or application so it can be tested for the previous events.

What Apache Kafka Does Not Do?

Apache Kafka offers blazing speed as it displays the log data structure like a first-class resident. It is far different from other conventional message brokers.

It is important to note that Kafka does not support individual IDs for messages. These messages are referenced according to their log offsets. It also refrains from monitoring consumers in terms of topic or their message consumption—consumers themselves can do all this.

Due to its unique design from other conventional messaging brokers, it can offer the following optimizations.

  • It offers a decrease in the load. This is done by its refusal to maintain indexes that have the message records. Moreover, it does not offer random access; consumers define offsets where beginning from the offset, messages are delivered by Kafka in the correct order.
  • There are no delete options. Kafka maintains log parts for a specific time period.
  • It can use kernel-level input/output for effective stream messages to consumers, without depending on message buffering.
  • It can take advantage of the OS for the write operations to disk along with file page caches.

Kafka and Microservices

Due to Kafka’s robust performance for big data ingestion, it has a series of use cases for microservices. Microservices often depend on event sourcing, CQRS, and other domain-driven concepts for scalability; their backing store can be provided by Kafka.

Often, event sourcing applications create a large amount of events—their implementation with conventional databases is tricky. By using Kafka’s feature log compaction, you can preserve your events for as long as possible. In log compaction, the log is not discarded after a defined time period; instead, Kafka saves all the events with a key set. As a result, the application gains loose coupling since it can discard or lose logs; at any point time, it uses the preserved events for the restoration of the domain state.

 When to Use Kafka?

Apache Kafka’s use depends on your use case. While it solves many modern-day issues for web enterprises, similar to the conventional message brokers, it cannot perform well in all scenarios. If your intention is to design a reliable group of data applications and services, then Apache Kafka can function as your source of truth, gathering and storing all the system events.

 

Memory-Centric Architectures


Businesses of both small and large scale develop mobile apps, web applications, and IoT projects to power their IT infrastructures. At times, for getting high scalability and speed to support mission-critical systems, they make use of IMC: in-memory computing. As a result, it comes off as no surprise that in-memory computing platforms are trending. Moreover, IMC technology is evolved with the memory-centric architecture, providing a greater degree of ROI and flexibility against different data sets.

Background

Back in the second half of the 20th century, restrictions regarding disk-based platforms soon came into notice. It was found out that with transactional databases, data analysis and processing was prone to affect DB performance. Consequently, there was a need for disparate analytical DBs.

In this decade, businesses quickened businesses processes to kick off a wide range of initiatives related to digital transformation, resolve requirements pertaining to real-time regulations, and deploy omnichannel marketing strategies. However, real-time data analysis and action is not possible because of the ETL processes. Therefore, in-memory computing solutions which use HTAP (hybrid transactional/analytical processing) are used for real-time data analysis and processing against the given data.

In the past, RAM was costly and servers were considerably slow. The capability of caching and quickly processing data which resided in RAM for removing latency was quite restricted. Strategies of distributed computing like when in-memory data grids were deployed against commodity servers, allowed scaling between the available CPU and RAM—still, RAM remained quite expensive.

However, with the passage of time, the RAM costs have decreased. Additionally, APIs and 64-bit processors have enabled the in-memory data grids to assist integration with data layers and existing applications, offering high availability, scalability, and in-memory speeds.

At one hand, in-memory DBs came into production so they can become a replacement for the previous disk-based DBs. Despite the progressive nature of these steps, they unintentionally added fragmentation and complexity in the in-memory computing market.

Recently, in-memory DBs, in-memory data grids, machine learning, streaming analytics, ANSI-99 SQL, and ACID transactions—all of them have integrated with the emergence of IMC solutions into a single, reliable platform. These platforms offer greater convenience for use and deployment over those point solutions that seemed to provide as\ single product capability. As a result, these in-memory computing platforms were influential in significantly cutting down the operation and implementation expenses. Furthermore, there has been a dramatic shift in scaling out and speeding up the previous applications by designing these modern applications with the help of memory-centric architectures in a wide range of industries like healthcare, retail, SaaS, software, internet of things etc.

How In-Memory Computing Solved Real-World Issues

The biggest Russian bank—Sberbank—struggled with digital transformation in the past. What the bank wanted was to ensure support for mobile and online banking, work around with 1.5 petabytes of data for real-time data storage, and assist its 135 million customer base by facilitating a large number of transactions for each passing second. At the same time, the bank desired support for ACID transactions to monitor and track transactions and singled out high availability as one of the requirements. By using in-memory computing, the bank designed a modern web-scale infrastructure, consisting of 2,000 nodes. Experts reckon that in-memory computing has made sure that their infrastructure can compete with the best supercomputers in the world.

Similarly, Workday holds a reputation as one of the most famous enterprise cloud solutions in the HR and finance market. The brand serves close to 2,000 customers—a significant portion of whom belong to the Fortune 500 and Fortune 50. Around 10,000 employees run the company. In order to offer SaaS-based solutions, Workday utilizes IMC platforms for processing more than 185 million transactions daily.

Memory-Centric Architectures

Among the restrictions of in-memory computing solutions, a crucial one dictates that all the available data has to somehow “fit” in the memory. However, doing this is more expensive as opposed to storing the majority of the data in the hard disk; therefore, usually, businesses opt against maintaining all of their data in the disk. On the other hand, memory-centric architectures completely eliminated this issue. What they do is that they offer the means to utilize other storage and memory mediums like 3D XPoint, Flash memory, SSDs, and other storage technologies. The idea behind memory-centric architectures is simply “memory-first”. This means that the recent and important data is located in memory and disk simultaneously so the required in-memory speed can be attained. However, what separates this architecture from the rest is that the RAM amount can be exceeded by the data set. As a result, it is possible that the complete dataset resides on the disk while it offers robust performance by processing on the underlying disk store or processing against data in memory.

Keep in mind that this is different from disk-based data caching in memory. Companies leverage the capability for surpassing the memory amount; it helps them to optimize data in such a way that the entire data can reside on the disk, where the more important and valued data is located in-memory. Similarly, the less critical data is stored on the disk. Thus, memory-centric architectures have allowed companies to improve performance and reduce infrastructure expenses.

Essentially, a memory-centric architecture removes the requirement for all the waiting that is done so the RAM gets the reloaded data after a reboot scenario. Often, these delays consume a great deal of time based on the network speed and database size, violating SLAs in the process. When the system is able to perform computations on data directly from the disk while the system is still warming up and reloading the memory, you can ensure quick recovery. At first, you might find the performance identical to the disk-based systems; however, it is going to quickly improve in speed when the data is reloaded into memory, making the processing of all the operations compute with in-memory speeds.

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Rest with Examples – Part 2


In the previous post, we talked about what is REST APIs and discussed a few examples, we particularly, used CURL for our requests. So far, we have established that a request is composed of four parts: endpoint, method, header, and data. We have already explained endpoint and method, now let’s go over the header, data, and some more relevant information on the subject.

Headers

Headers offer information to the server and the client. They are used for a wide range of use cases, such as offering a peek into the body content or for authentication. Typically, HTTP headers follow the property-value pair format; a colon separates them. For instance, the following example consists of a header which informs the server about expecting JSON-based content.

“Content-Type: application/json”. Missing the opening”

By using cURL (we talked about it in the last post), you can use the –header option for sending the HTTP headers. For instance, if you want to send the above-mentioned header, then for the Github API, you can write the following.

curl -H “Content-Type: application/json” https://api.github.com

In order to check all of your sent headers, you can use the –verbose or the –v option at the end of the request. Consider the following command as an example.

Keep in mind that in your result, “*” indicates cURL’s additional information, “<” indicates the response headers and “>” indicates the request headers.

The Data (Body)

Let’s come to the final component of a request, also known as the message or the body. It entails information that is to be sent to any server. To use cURL for sending data, you can use the –data or the –d options like the following format.

For multiple fields, you can write the following .i.e. add two –d options.

It is also possible to break requests into several lines for better readability. When you learn how to spin (start) servers, you can easily create your API and test it with any data. If you are not interested in spinning up a server, you can use Requestbin.com and hit the “create endpoint”. In response, you can get a request which can be used for testing requests. In order to test requests, you have to generate your own request bin. Keep in mind that these request bins have a lifespan of 48 hours. Now you can transfer data to your request bin by using the following.

curl -X POST https://requestb.in/1ix963n1 \

-d name=adam \

-d age=28

cURL’s data transfer is similar to a web page’s form fields. For JSON data, you can alter your “Content-Type” and change it to “application/json”, like this.

curl -X POST https://requestb.in/1ix963n1 \

-H “Content-Type: application/json” \

-d ‘{

“adam”:”value”

“age”:”28”

}’

And with this, your request’s anatomy is finished.

Authentication

While using POST requests with your Github API, a message displays “Requires authentication”. What does this mean exactly?

Developers ensure that there are certain authorization measures so specific actions are only performed by the right parties; this negates the possibilities of impersonation by any malicious third party. PUT, PATCH, DELETE, and POST requests change the database, forcing the developers to design some sort of authentication mechanism. What about the GET request? It also needs authentication but only in some cases.

In the world of web, authentication is performed in two ways. Firstly, there is the generic user/password authentication—known as the basic authentication. Secondly, authentication is done by a secret token. The second method consists of something known as oAuth—it uses Google, Facebook, and other social media platforms for user authentication. For using the user/password authentication, you have to use the “-u” option like the following.

You can test this authentication yourself. Afterward, the previous “requires authentication” response is changed to “Problems parsing JSON”. The reason behind this is that so far, you have not sent any data. Since it is a POST request, data transfer is a must.

HTTP Error Messages and Status Codes

The above-mentioned messages like “Problems parsing JSON” or “Requires authentication” fall into the category of HTTP error messages. These emerge whenever a request has an issue. With HTTP status codes, you can learn your response status instantly. The range of these codes starts from 100+ and end to 500+.

  • The success of your request is signified by 200+.
  • The redirection of the request to any URL is signified by the 300+.
  • If the client causes an error, then the code is 400+.
  • If the server causes an error, then the code is 500+.

In order to debug a response’s status, you can use the head or verbose options. For instance, if you add “-I” in a POST request and do not mention the username/password details, then it can cause a 401 status code. When your request is flawed—either due to incorrect or missing data, a 400 status code appears.

Versions of APIs

Time and again, developers upgrade their APIs, it is a life-long process. When too many modifications are required, the developers should consider creating a new version. When this occurs, it is possible that your application gets an error; due to the fact that you wrote code with respect to the previous version API while the brand-new API is pointed out by your requests.

In order to perform a request for a certain version of the API, there are two methods. Depending on your API’s structure, you can choose any of them.

  • Use endpoint.
  • Use the request header.

For instance, Twitter follows the first strategy. For instance, a website can follow it in this way:

https://api.abc.com/1.1/account/settings.json

On the other hand, Github takes advantage of the second method. For instance, consider the following where the API version is 4 as mentioned in the request header.

curl https://api.abc.com -H Accept:application/abc.v4+json

 

 

An Introduction to REST with Examples – Part 1


REST stands for Representational State Transfer. If you have just transitioned from a desktop application development environment to the world of web development, then you have probably heard about REST APIs.

To understand REST API, let’s take an example. Suppose you search “Avengers: Endgame” in the search bar of YouTube. As a result, you can check a seemingly endless list of videos on the result pages; this is exactly how a REST API is supposed to work—providing you results for anything that you want to find.

Broadly speaking, an API is just a number of fixed functionalities that help programs in communicating with each other. The API is created by the developer on the server—to which the client communicates. REST is a software architectural style that determines the working of the API. Developers use it to design their APIs. Among REST rules, one is to ensure that the user gets any specific data—also referred to as a resource—if a specific URL is linked. In this context, URL is known as a request and the data that is received by the user is known as a response.

What Makes Up a Request?

Usually, there are four components make up a request.

  1. The endpoint
  2. The method
  3. The headers
  4. The data

The Endpoint

The URL that is requested by a user is known as an endpoint. It comprises of the following structure.

root-endpoint/?

Here, the “root-endpoint” signifies an API’s starting point from which a user requests data. For instance, Twitter’s root-endpoint API is https://apitwitter.com.

The path indicates the requested resource. Just think of it as a simple automated menu: you get what you click on. Paths can be accessed the same way as a website’s sections. For instance, if there is a website https://techtalkwithbhatt.com on which you want to check all the tagged posts on Java, then you can go to https://techtalkwithbhatt.com/tag/java. Here, as you can guess, https://techtalkwithbhatt.com is the root-endpoint while the path is the /tag/java.

In order to check the available paths, you must go through the documentation of that specific API. For instance, suppose you have to check repositories of a user via the Github’s API; you can simply go to this link and learn the path.

/users/:username/repos

In place of the colons in the above path, you have to alter and add any username of your choice. For instance, if there is a user named sarveshbhatt, then you should write the following:

https://api.github.com/users/sarveshbhatt/repos

Lastly, we also have the query parameters in the endpoint. Strictly speaking, they do not come under the REST architecture but they are extensively used in the APIs. Query parameters offer the functionality to change your request by adding key-value pairs. These pairs start off with a question mark and all parameter pairs are separated by adding a “&” character. The format is listed below.

?queryone=valueone&querytwo=valuetwo

Using Curl

These requests can be sent with different languages. For example, Python developers use Python Requests; JavaScript developers use the jQuery’s Ajax method and the Fetch API.

However, for this post, we are going to use a user-friendly utility that is already installed in your computer, cURL. Since API documentation typically resembles cURL, therefore if you can get the hang of it then you can understand any API documentation—allowing you to create requests easily.

But first, let’s check whether or not cURL is installed on your PC. Depending on your OS, open the Terminal and enter the following.

curl –version.

In response, you can get a result which looks similar to the following screen.

 

Those who do not have CURL can see a “command not found” error. To install curl, you can check this link. In order to work with cURL, you can enter “curl” with any endpoint. For instance, to check the Github root endpoint, you can use the following line.

curl https://api.github.com

The resulting response can seem like the following.

Similarly, you can check the repositories of a user by adding a path to the endpoint—we discussed how to do this above. Just add “curl” and write the following command.

curl https://api.github.com/users/Sarveshbhatt/repos

However, keep in mind that while using query parameters in the command line, you have to add a backslash (“\”) prior to the question mark (“q”) and “=” characters. The reason behind this is that both the “=” and “?” are recognized by the command line as the special characters. Therefore you have to add “\” so they are interpreted by the command line as a part of the command.

JSON

JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation; a popular format used to send and request data with a REST API. If you send a request to Github, then it can send you back a response that bears the JSON format. As the name suggests, a JSON object is essentially an object in JavaScript. JSON’s property-value pairs are encompassed with a double quotation mark.

The Method

Going back to the request, now let’s come to the second component: the method. The method is simply a request type which is sent to the server. The method types are: GET, POST, PUT, PATCH and DELETE.

The function of these methods is to give meaning to the request. CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) operations are performed by these methods.

  • GET

 

 

The GET request is used when a server resource is needed. When it is used, the server searches for your requested data and sends it to you. It is the default request method.

  • POST

The POST request generates a new resource on the server. When you use this request, the server generates a new record in the DB and responds to you about its success.

  • PUT and PATCH

These requests provide an update on a server’s resource. When these requests are used, a database entry is updated by the server and you get a message about its success.

  • DELETE

The DELETE request effectively eliminates a server resource. When you use this request, it performs a deletion in the database entry and informs you about its success.

 

Automation Anti-Patterns That You Must Avoid


Regardless of your testing experience or the effectiveness of your automation infrastructure, you should use a robust test design to initiate automation. The lack of strong test design can force testing teams to face a wide range of issues which generate incomplete, inefficient, and difficult-to-maintain tests. In order to make sure the cost efficiency, quality, and delivery are not affected, it is necessary to familiarize with those indicators which represent the performance of tests. To begin with, consider the following automation anti-patterns to improve testing.

Longer Length of Sequence

Often, tests are created with small steps for long sequences, thus their management and maintenance is hard. For instance, while an application which is currently being tested undergoes changes, it is considerably complex to work around these modifications with other tests.

Instead of using a bottom-up approach first, generate a high-level design. In accordance with the respective method, such a design can consist of features like scopes and definitions of test products which are included in the main objective and test objective for different tests. For instance, a product could consist of test cases which test the calculation process of home loan mortgage premiums.

Business-Tests

When testers focus too much on interaction tests, it is possible that they may design weak tests which do not factor major business-level concerns like the interaction of application responses for unusual circumstances.

Testers should emphasize on the use of businesses tests which represent rules, objects, and processes of business alongside the interaction tests. For instance, with a business test, a user can log in, type a few orders, and view the financial information with the help of high-level activities which mask the details of the interaction.

In interaction tests, a user can type name/password combination and assess whether or not the button of submission (submit) is enabled or not—such a test can occur in any business environment type.

Blurred Lines

While it is important to run interaction and business tests, however, keep in mind that they should be run separately. For instance, the rules and lifecycles of business objects along with their processes and calculations must not be combined with interaction test details like confirming the presence of submit button or determining whether or not a login message is displayed after the login process. Such a scenario can make maintenance hard due to the mix. For instance, if the welcome message is generated in a new application version, all the associated tests have to be checked and maintained.

A modular and high-quality test can help testers with the correct vision about how these blurred lines should be avoided to make sure the maintainability and manageability is strong. Test modules are known to carry a well-defined scope with test modules. They prevent checks which are not suitable for their scope and mask comprehensive steps for the UI interactions.

Life Cycle Tests

Most of the global applications work with business objects like products, invoices, orders, and customers. The application lifecycles of such objects are updated, retrieve, create, and delete—known as CRUD. The major issue is that the tests for these lifecycles are hard to find, incomplete, and scattered. Hence, there can be real vulnerabilities in the tests’ scope especially in the case of business objects, particularly when the business objects are ever-changing. For a car rental, while one can try several vans and cars, however, the coverage is lesser for both the buses and motorcycles.

It is easy to design life cycle tests. You can initiate by choosing business objects along with their operations. Such a process can also consist of variations like updating or canceling an order. It is important to remember that life cycle tests are similar to business tests, instead of the interaction tests.

Poorly Developed Tests

Factors like pressure, time, and others can culminate in the creation of shallow test cases which are not good enough to properly test the application. As a result, quality suffers, like missed situations which are not responded. Doing this can also affect the test maintenance, making it more expensive.

More importantly, it is necessary to sync both the testing and test automation for the entire Scrum sprint. These tests and their automation require a greater degree of cooperation which is tougher in case they are still running after the completion of the sprint.

When improved automation architecture and test design are not good enough in keeping up with the velocity, then you can think about the outsourcing of a number of tasks so the testers are able to match the speed.

You have to think in terms of a professional tester—as an individual who has a knack of breaking things. For instance, if different testing methods like error guessing decision tables are used then they can assist to pinpoint those situations which require immediate assistance with the test cases. On a similar note, equivalence partitioning and state-transition diagrams can help to think about different design to test the cases.

Scope

Lack of scope in tests is quite a common problem like when an entry dialog has to be tested by a test or with a group of financial transactions. It is easy to find the tests and also update in case of changes in the application while duplication is also possible.

Duplicate Checks

Testers usually use to assess steps by using an unexpected output for all the steps; this is also encouraged by different management tools. What this indicates is that separate tests can be used for the same check. For instance, the previous test determined whether or not the welcome screen is generated after the login.

Begin with a test design on which the testers focused heavily. You have to ensure that all the modules in the test have well-differentiated and clear scopes. Hence, during the development of such tests, you have to avoid checking after each step. Add checks according to the scope.

AWS S3 Tips for Performance


Amazon S3 is used by many companies for storage purposes. Due to its use as object storage, it offers flexibility with a slew of data types including small objects to massive datasets. Thus, S3 has carved out its niche as a great service which can store a broad scope of data types via a resilient and available environment. As your objects of S3 have to be accessed and read by other AWS services, applications, and end users, do you believe that they are optimized to offer the best possible performance? Here is how you can optimize your S3. Follow these tips to improve your performance with Amazon S3.

Perform TCP Window Scaling

TCP window scaling facilitates developers to improve the network throughput performance via the modification of the header in the TCP packet that uses a window scale. This helps in sending data with a single segment—more than the traditional 64 KB. It is important to note that such practice is exclusive to S3; it functions along with the protocol level. As a result, by using this protocol you can execute window scaling for your client while establishing a connection with a server.

When a connection is established between a destination and source by the TCP, then the next thing is a 3-way handshake that starts up from the source. This means that with the S3 view, it is possible that the client might be required to upload an object to the S3. However, prior to this, you must create a connection with the S3 servers.

A TCP packet will be sent by the client along with a defined window scale of TCP in the header—such a request is also referred to as SYN request—the first part of the 3-way handshake. When the S3 gets this request, it uses an SYN/ACK message to send a response to the client while using the same window scale factor—this forms the second part of the 3-way handshake—maintaining the relevant window scale factor. The third and final part consists of an ACK message which is sent to the S3 server—it serves as the response’s acknowledgment. A connection is generated after this 3-way handshake ends where the S3 and client can finally exchange data.

In order to send more data, you can widen the window size via a scale factor. This helps in sending voluminous amount s of data via a single segment whereas your speed is also quickened.

Use Selective Acknowledgment

At times while using TCP, it is not uncommon for packets to get lost. To figure out which of the packets went missing is hard within a TCP window. Consequently, at times it is possible to resend all of these packets. However, then the receiver may have received some of the packets so this is an ineffective strategy.

Instead, you can use TCP SACK (selective acknowledgment) for improving performance where the sender receives notifications about which were the failed packets for a window. As a result, the sender can then easily only resend the failed packets.

However, it is necessary that the source client or the sender initiates the SACK when a connection is being established amidst the handshake’s SYN phase. Such an option is also called as SACK-permitted. For using and implementing SACK, you can visit this link.

Setting Up S3 Request Rates

Alongside TCP SACK and TCP Scaling, S3 is quite nicely optimized to address a high request throughput. A year back, in 2018, AWS introduced a new change for these request rates. Before the announcement, it was recommended that the prefixes can be randomized within the bucket to help with performance optimization—there is no more need for it. Now exponential growth of request rate performance can be achieved when more than one prefixes within the bucket are used.

Now, developers are getting a 3,500 PUT/POST/DELETE request for each second while they are also achieving 5,500 GET requests. A single prefix is a reason behind such limitations. However, keep in mind that there is no limit for prefixes which are to be used in an S3 bucket. What this means is that if you use 2 prefixes then you can get 110,000 GET requests and 70,000 PUT/POST/DELETE for each passing second for the same bucket.

There is no hierarchical-based structure in the folders of S3; it follows a flat structure for storage. This means that all you need is a bucket while all the objects are saved in a flat space of the bucket. You can generate folders and store objects in it—without depending on a hierarchical system. The prefixes of the object are responsible to make them unique. For instance, in case you have the following objects in a bucket:

  • Design/Meeting.ppt
  • Objective/Plan.pdf
  • jpg

Here, the ‘Design’ folder serves as a prefix for identifying the object—such a pathname is also referred to as the object key. The ‘Objective’ folder is also an object’s prefix while the ‘Will.jpg’ is without any prefix.

Amazon Cloud Front

One more strategy for optimization is to integrate Amazon CloudFront with Amazon S3. This is a wise strategy when the request of the S3 data is a GET request. CloudFront is a content delivery network which increases the pace of the distribution of dynamic and static content across a global network comprising of edge locations.

Typically, after a user sends a request from S3 in the form of GET request then the S3 service is used to route it while the relevant servers return the content. In case you use CloudFront with S3 then it can also perform caching for those objects which are requested commonly. Hence, the user’s GET request is directed to the nearest edge location that offers low latency for returning the cached object and providing the best performance. It also decreases the AWS costs when the number of GET requests in the buckets is shortened.