First Advisor

Hart, Douglas I.

Second Advisor

Likarish, Daniel M.

Third Advisor

Barnes, Stephen D.


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Software Engineering


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

108 pages


This thesis contains the research component of a software engineering study to create a .NET application performance testing lab, and several guided learning activities intended to teach the fundamentals of how to use it. In arriving upon the research which serves as the groundwork for this project, an introduction to the concepts of software performance, the risks associated with performances, and an approach to mitigating this risks called "performance driven development" is presented. This introduction is expanded by an overview of how performance is affected from application, network, database and presentation aspects. To address problems associated with performance in .NET web applications, a virtual test lab has been created on the software engineering lab server at Regis University's Academic Research Network (ARNe), and this paper documents the architecture of that test lab. In order to demonstrate how it can be used students, developers or others previously unfamiliar with performance testing, a series of presentations has been composed, and this paper represents the research conducted in composing them. This research includes a basic level understanding of Visual Studio Team System 2008's test tools, and virtualization with VMWare.

Date of Award

Summer 2010

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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