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Even Faster Web Sites

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Performance is critical to the success of any web site, and yet today's web applications push browsers to their limits with increasing amounts of rich content and heavy use of Ajax. In this book, Steve Souders, web performance evangelist at Google and former Chief Performance Yahoo!, provides valuable techniques to help you optimize your site's performance.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 17th 2009 by O'Reilly Media (first published January 1st 2009)
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Elene Latsoshvili
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: programming
Even more details about web application performance. Enjoyed the book. I haven't tried these experiments before and it was pretty astonishing when I found out that didn't know such details about css, http and browsers...
Phil Eaton
Dec 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Tips aged poorly and were overly folksy (not a ton of great measurement or comparison of tradeoffs).
Mohammad Juma
Sep 03, 2010 is currently reading it
This book is aiming to more experienced QA engineers and web developer. I recommend reading it only after "High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers" of the same author.
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Sep 20, 2011 rated it liked it
A much more developer-oriented guide, this book has great new principles for improving performance.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Some of the techniques have become obsolete and some are not required anymore on modern browsers. Nevertheless good read...
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tech, non-fiction, how-to
This was a very good introductory book. I liked the amount of detail and code snippets that it provided, but it wasn't too technical for a beginning. The way it was written was easy to understand, and it provided a lot of helpful information. Great way to start learning about website hosting and the challenges that come with it.
Arun Mahendrakar
This book is like a sequel to the High Performance Web Sites by the same author.

Although there are some concepts in this book that I would've probably never used, mostly because I never knew about them. That does not mean to say I'll use those concepts regularly now, but they are definitely a good thing to know.

My best take-away from this book are two chapter 7 - Writing efficient JS and chapter 14 - Simplifying CSS. These are probably the most crucial aspects to work on when you start doing sli
Tracy E.
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: web developers
Definitely for developers and performance geeks, this book is way beyond what I need to know at this time about improving site optimization from a mostly front-end perspective. I find Google's PageSpeed Insights much more helpful for my level. But if you're a developer and want to get into detailed statistics and math that shave off ms of load time, then this book, although slightly outdated now, should be useful.
Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
just finished this one... the early parts I've read before... some of the later parts have some interesting conclusions... but it starts out very solid with very clear descriptions of benefits of one particular development method (for js) over another... Learned a little bit from this book... The best thing about it was that it really made me remember all of the front-end optimizations that can be made to a site and showed me a few new ways to think about ptimizations...
Alessandro Pellizzari
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In una parola: pignolo. All'inverosimile. L'ottimizzazione delle risorse in un sito web portata all'estremo. Dall'ordine di caricamento di javascript e css all'ottimizzazione delle regole nei css per accelerare il rendering. Probabilmente eccessivo per la maggior parte dei siti web, ma utilissimo per siti molto frequentati e molto dinamici.
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Plenty of solid advice backed up by data and sample code. I picked up a few new optimizations to try and a couple to revisit from reading this book. Well recommended if you want to make a site faster.
Igor Milovanović
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Good book, usefull as reference.
I already knew most of the stuff before I bought it, hence the low rating.
Giuseppe Pizzimenti
molto interessante ed approfondito, meno pragmatico del precedente di Souders , ma più tecnico
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
A bit outdated.
Apr 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: technical
This is a good follow up to the previous book. There are some pretty interesting tidbits like the fact that CSS selectors are interpreted from right to left.
Rafal Piekarski
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great book about performance of web applications for pros. I recommend!
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Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it
There are good bunch of tricks for frontend developers, but now it's outdated. That would be nice to release a new edition based on final HTML5 specification.
Vincent Battaglia
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Good but obsolete
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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Much of the material in this book has become dated. A good read, but not as helpful as it once was.
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