An historical overview of the evolution of the front-end performance industry, from 1995 to the present, highlighting everyone from early players such as Akamai and F5 to more recent entrants like Strangeloop and Aptimize.
Web performance consulting: What is it? Is it worthwhile? How do you find a good consultant? I decided to take these questions directly to one of today’s leading performance consultants, Andrew King.
This week here are the four most popular links mentioned on Twitter with the “velocityconf” hashtag, including Tim O’Reilly’s keynote, Stoyan Stefanov’s “Psychology of Performance” and Steve Souders’ “Zen and the Art of Web Performance”.
Performance has come a long way in an incredibly short time. It doesn’t seem that long ago (2007, to be specific) when Steve Souders was evangelizing the nitty gritty of the newly developed YSlow best practices. Here’s a snapshot of how the performance landscape has changed in the past three years:
There are two main web performance problems I see over and over again: the sheer size of web pages, and how these pages are built for, and consumed by, different browser types. As a parallel issue, we also have users’ page-load expectations, which are currently outpacing most websites’ ability to deliver.