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Be a squeaky wheel, but always bring oil

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

There are times when we all wish we could clone ourselves so we could get more done at work. In a Velocity New York 2014 keynote, Camille Fournier, CTO at Rent the Runway, presented an alternative, practical solution, that she …

Be a squeaky wheel, but always bring oil

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

There are times when we all wish we could clone ourselves so we could get more done at work. In a Velocity New York 2014 keynote, Camille Fournier, CTO at Rent the Runway, presented an alternative, practical solution, that she …

It’s time for a “commitment escalation”

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

In a keynote address at Velocity New York 2014, Mikey Dickerson described his journey from working for Google to working in the West Wing of the White House, leading the US Digital Services group. He told the story of how …

It’s time for a “commitment escalation”

By Jenn Webb
September 17, 2014

In a keynote address at Velocity New York 2014, Mikey Dickerson described his journey from working for Google to working in the West Wing of the White House, leading the US Digital Services group. He told the story of how …

Signals from Velocity New York 2014

By Mac Slocum
September 16, 2014

Practitioners and experts from the web operations and performance worlds are coming together in New York City this week for Velocity New York 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly …

Signals from Velocity New York 2014

By Mac Slocum
September 16, 2014

Practitioners and experts from the web operations and performance worlds are coming together in New York City this week for Velocity New York 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly …

Live: Velocity New York

By Mac Slocum
September 16, 2014

The web operations and performance communities are coming together in New York City this week for Velocity New York 2014. Keynotes from the event will be streamed live at 9am EDT / Noon PDT on Tuesday and Wednesday. See the …

Prepare for change now, and you’ll be ready for it later

By Jenn Webb
September 16, 2014

Companies and developers have plenty of mobile development challenges — OS platforms, the growing number of devices and screen sizes, and the myriad requirements of browsers, to name a few. Soon — or already — the Internet of Things is …

Prepare for change now, and you’ll be ready for it later

By Jenn Webb
September 16, 2014

Companies and developers have plenty of mobile development challenges — OS platforms, the growing number of devices and screen sizes, and the myriad requirements of browsers, to name a few. Soon — or already — the Internet of Things is …

DevOps in the enterprise

By J. Paul Reed
September 11, 2014

Would you open an email with a subject line of “DevOps and pants!” I’m not sure I would. Six months ago I sent Rob Cummings an email with exactly that subject and he did. And we can be thankful he …

DevOps in the enterprise

By J. Paul Reed
September 11, 2014

Would you open an email with a subject line of “DevOps and pants!” I’m not sure I would. Six months ago I sent Rob Cummings an email with exactly that subject and he did. And we can be thankful he …

Working like a startup at IBM

By Bill Higgins
September 11, 2014

Over the past year, I assisted in creating an application that helped shift a major part of IBM to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. I did this with the help of a small but excellent development team that was inspired by …

Working like a startup at IBM

By Bill Higgins
September 11, 2014

Over the past year, I assisted in creating an application that helped shift a major part of IBM to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. I did this with the help of a small but excellent development team that was inspired by …

How Flash changes the design of database storage engines

By Andy Oram
August 22, 2014

Over the past decade, SSD drives (popularly known as Flash) have radically changed computing at both the consumer level — where USB sticks have effectively replaced CDs for transporting files — and the server level, where it offers a price/performance …

How Flash changes the design of database storage engines

By Andy Oram
August 22, 2014

Over the past decade, SSD drives (popularly known as Flash) have radically changed computing at both the consumer level — where USB sticks have effectively replaced CDs for transporting files — and the server level, where it offers a price/performance …

How Flash changes the design of database storage engines

By Andy Oram
August 22, 2014

Over the past decade, SSD drives (popularly known as Flash) have radically changed computing at both the consumer level — where USB sticks have effectively replaced CDs for transporting files — and the server level, where it offers a price/performance …

4 Steps to a culture of performance

By Mehdi Daoudi
August 5, 2014

Companies that are driven by web performance, like Google, develop a culture of performance from the top-down thanks to performance-minded CEOs. For the majority of organizations, however, this is not the case. Often, it’s up to those working at every …

4 Steps to a culture of performance

By Mehdi Daoudi
August 5, 2014

Companies that are driven by web performance, like Google, develop a culture of performance from the top-down thanks to performance-minded CEOs. For the majority of organizations, however, this is not the case. Often, it’s up to those working at every …

4 Steps to a culture of performance

By Mehdi Daoudi
August 5, 2014

Companies that are driven by web performance, like Google, develop a culture of performance from the top-down thanks to performance-minded CEOs. For the majority of organizations, however, this is not the case. Often, it’s up to those working at every …

Next-generation Web apps with full stack JavaScript

By Patrick Mulder
July 16, 2014

Since its introduction, JavaScript was often seen as a limited object-oriented language that had many “bad” parts. The situation today is almost the opposite. In competition with Java, C#, and Ruby, JavaScript is developing one of the largest ecosystems for …

Next-generation Web apps with full stack JavaScript

By Patrick Mulder
July 16, 2014

Since its introduction, JavaScript was often seen as a limited object-oriented language that had many “bad” parts. The situation today is almost the opposite. In competition with Java, C#, and Ruby, JavaScript is developing one of the largest ecosystems for …

Revisiting “What is DevOps”

By Mike Loukides
June 30, 2014

Two years ago, I wrote What is DevOps. Although that article was good for its time, our understanding of organizational behavior, and its relationship to the operation of complex systems, has grown. A few themes have become apparent in the two …

Revisiting “What is DevOps”

By Mike Loukides
June 27, 2014

Two years ago, I wrote What is DevOps. Although that article was good for its time, our understanding of organizational behavior, and its relationship to the operation of complex systems, has grown. A few themes have become apparent in the two …

Revisiting “What is DevOps”

By Mike Loukides
June 27, 2014

Two years ago, I wrote What is DevOps. Although that article was good for its time, our understanding of organizational behavior, and its relationship to the operation of complex systems, has grown. A few themes have become apparent in the two …

It’s time for a web page diet

By Terrence Dorsey
June 26, 2014

Earlier this year, I was researching online consumer preferences for a client and discovered, somewhat unsurprisingly, that people expect web sites to be fast and responsive, particularly when they’re shopping. What did surprised me, however, were findings in Radware’s “State …

It’s time for a web page diet

By Terrence Dorsey
June 26, 2014

Earlier this year, I was researching online consumer preferences for a client and discovered, somewhat unsurprisingly, that people expect web sites to be fast and responsive, particularly when they’re shopping. What did surprised me, however, were findings in Radware’s “State …

It’s time for a web page diet

By Terrence Dorsey
June 26, 2014

Earlier this year, I was researching online consumer preferences for a client and discovered, somewhat unsurprisingly, that people expect web sites to be fast and responsive, particularly when they’re shopping. What did surprised me, however, were findings in Radware’s “State …

Roll-your-own database architecture

By Mike Barlow
June 24, 2014

Two years ago, most of the conversations around big data had a futuristic, theoretical vibe. That vibe has been replaced with a gritty sense of practically. Today, when big data or some surrogate term arises in conversation, the talk is …

Roll-your-own database architecture

By Mike Barlow
June 24, 2014

Two years ago, most of the conversations around big data had a futuristic, theoretical vibe. That vibe has been replaced with a gritty sense of practically. Today, when big data or some surrogate term arises in conversation, the talk is …

Roll-your-own database architecture

By Mike Barlow
June 24, 2014

Two years ago, most of the conversations around big data had a futuristic, theoretical vibe. That vibe has been replaced with a gritty sense of practically. Today, when big data or some surrogate term arises in conversation, the talk is …

Cloud security is not an oxymoron

By Mike Loukides
June 19, 2014

I just ran across Katie Fehrenbacher’s article in GigaOm that made a point I’ve been arguing (perhaps not strongly enough) for years. When you start talking to people about “the cloud,” you frequently run into a knee-jerk reaction: “Of course, …

Cloud security is not an oxymoron

By Mike Loukides
June 19, 2014

I just ran across Katie Fehrenbacher’s article in GigaOm that made a point I’ve been arguing (perhaps not strongly enough) for years. When you start talking to people about “the cloud,” you frequently run into a knee-jerk reaction: “Of course, …

Cloud security is not an oxymoron

By Mike Loukides
June 19, 2014

I just ran across Katie Fehrenbacher’s article in GigaOm that made a point I’ve been arguing (perhaps not strongly enough) for years. When you start talking to people about “the cloud,” you frequently run into a knee-jerk reaction: “Of course, …

From the network interface to the database

By Mike Loukides
June 12, 2014

From the beginning, the Velocity Conference has focused on web performance and operations — specifically, web operations. This focus has been fairly narrow: browser performance dominated the discussion of “web performance,” and interactions between developers and IT staff dominated operations. …

Tailoring CSS for performance

By Roseanne Fallin
April 4, 2014

In my last article, I demonstrated how improved performance and a lower PageSpeed Insights score were accomplished by removing unnecessary external JavaScript and CSS requests. YepNope was also used to manage the asynchronous loading of external requests. After the improvements, …

Tailoring for performance

By Roseanne Fallin
March 20, 2014

Like a lot of web teams, O’Reilly’s web group has increased its focus on using global components to better scale maintenance and optimize workflow. From a load-time measurement perspective, our performance ratings stay near benchmarks. However, after a recent analysis, …

Iterate on Performance

By Lara Swanson
February 11, 2014

The two most important tasks to ensure your site remains fast are benchmarking and iterating on your site’s page load time. Quick performance wins can be celebrated today, but the health of your site will thrive with routine check-ins and …

Responsive Web Design Performance

By Lara Swanson
February 4, 2014

A recent study showed that mobile is the primary Internet access method for a vast number of global Internet users. Roughly 50% of Internet users in Africa and Asia are mobile-only, in contrast to 25% in the United States. This …

HTML and CSS Performance

By Lara Swanson
January 28, 2014

[Ed note: This is the third in a series of posts on web design and performance. You can see the first two posts here and here.] Optimizing your markup can have a substantial impact on your site’s page load time. …

Image Performance

By Lara Swanson
January 21, 2014

[Ed note: This is the second in a series of posts on web design and performance. You can see the introductory post here.] Images make up the majority of most sites’ page weight. Thanks to their size and the number …

Web Performance Is User Experience

By Lara Swanson
January 14, 2014

Think about how you search for things on the web. How quick are you to close a tab and go to the next search engine result if a site takes too long to load? Now consider doing that on your …

The Altar of Shiny

By Courtney Nash
January 13, 2014

Web and mobile users continue to expect faster sites and apps–especially when it comes to mobile–and this year I’d like to see people who work on the web spend more time focusing on performance as a user experience priority instead …

Four short links: 7 November 2013

By Nat Torkington
November 7, 2013

Learn to Search — cheeky but spot-on help for people running conferences. Offline First — no, the mobile connectivity/bandwidth issue isn’t just going to solve itself on a global level anywhere in the near future. THIS! 10 Things You Should …

Going Beyond onload: Measuring Performance That Matters

By Mike Petrovich
October 10, 2013

We’re not making web pages anymore; we’re building web applications. Gone are the days of a few script tags in the <head>. Apps today are a complex web of asynchronously-loaded content and functionality. In the past decade, we’ve progressed from …

Early-Warning Is an Unknown Unknown

By Baron Schwartz
October 8, 2013

In 2002, US Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld told a reporter that not only don’t we know everything important, but sometimes we don’t even know what knowledge we lack: There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. …

The Joys of Static Memory JavaScript

By Colt McAnlis
October 1, 2013

You wake up one morning to discover your team has gotten a dreaded alert: your web application is performing badly. You dig through your code, but don’t see anything that stands out, until you open up Chrome’s memory performance tools, …

The web performance I want

By Mike Loukides
August 8, 2013

There’s been a lot said and written about web performance since the Velocity conference. And steps both forward and back — is the web getting faster? Are developers using increased performance to add more useless gunk to their pages, taking …

Four short links: 6 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 5, 2013

White Hat’s Dilemma (Google Docs) — amazeballs preso with lots of tough ethical questions for people in the computer field. Chinese Hacking Team Caught Taking Over Decoy Water Plant (MIT Tech Review) — Wilhoit went on to show evidence that …

Four short links: 23 July 2013

By Nat Torkington
July 23, 2013

Canary (IndieGogo) — security sensor with video, motion, temperature, microphone, speaker, accelerometer, and smartphone remote control. Page Speed is Only The Beginning — 73% of mobile internet users say they’ve encountered Web pages that are too slow. A 1 second …

JavaScript Is Way Too Slow – for What?

By Simon St. Laurent
July 17, 2013

I keep finding that programmers—even web programmers—frequently think “web application” means “JavaScript application.” Programmers are, of course, used to working with programming languages, and often see application environments from the perspective of the programming language in use. These blinders derail …


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