Schedule: Web Performance sessions

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Location: Regency 2
Steve Souders (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.45, 22 ratings)
In this workshop, Steve Souders explains the rules he developed as part of YSlow, as well as new best practices he's developed while at Google. With those in mind, he analyzes several of today's popular websites to see how well they follow, or don't follow, this advice. Read more.
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Location: Regency 2
Average rating: ****.
(4.26, 19 ratings)
The way that you write JavaScript can greatly affect the perceived performance of your page. Learn the coding techniques to keep your code running as fast as possible. Read more.
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Location: Regency 2
Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella)
Average rating: ***..
(3.29, 17 ratings)
You've got a sneaking suspicion that design impacts performance. What next? Your engineers know nothing about design and your designers know nothing about performance. How can you get everyone on the same page? Which design flaws must you absolutely avoid? How do engineers slow designs with poor CSS? This presentation covers the best practices in design and OO CSS for fast, maintainable sites. Read more.
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Location: Regency 2
Ben Rushlo (Keynote Systems Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.60, 15 ratings)
Managing the technical quality of your website has become extremely complex and the number of metrics you collect has skyrocketed. Faced with potentially hundreds of candidate metrics, how do you select those that are most meaningful? In this session you will learn which technical quality metrics are key for successfully managing your site. Read more.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Eric Schurman (Amazon), Jake Brutlag (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.26, 34 ratings)
We applied several types of page slowdowns to very small percentages of our users for short periods of time and measured the impact in terms of metrics like clicks, time to click, repeat site usage, queries per visit, revenue, etc. This talk is to share the results. Read more.
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Location: Regency 2
Christian Stockwell (Microsoft Corporation), Mike Belshe (Google), Chris Blizzard (Mozilla Foundation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 8 ratings)
The competition amongst browsers has been intense over the past year. Come to this session to hear from the Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer teams about what they've done to make their browsers faster than ever before, and what developers can do to take advantage of these features. Read more.
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Location: Regency 1
Brian Moon (dealnews.com)
Average rating: ***..
(3.03, 31 ratings)
Lots of people talk about scaling and performance. But, are they preparing for all the things that could happen? There are multiple problems and there is not one solution to solve them all. Read more.
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Location: Regency 2
Mike Brittain (Etsy)
Average rating: ***..
(3.31, 13 ratings)
Initial integration with a CDN is fairly painless -- Put all of your images, CSS, and JavaScript files onto an origin server, or upload them to your CDN's storage network, and... Voila! But what else can you be doing to get the most bang for your buck? We'll look at a few "next steps" to improve your site's performance and make sure you're CDN is doing as much as it can. Read more.
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Location: Regency 2
Douglas Crockford (Yahoo! Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.92, 13 ratings)
Ajax techniques can substantially improve the performance of web applications by replacing heavy pages with zippy data packets. Unfortunately, incorrect application of Ajax techniques will significantly degrade performance. It is a sorrowful thing. Read more.
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Location: Regency 2
Dave Artz (AOL)
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 12 ratings)
AOL's swat team of optimization gurus is challenged with infusing the optimization mindset and skillset across 80+ teams and websites...with 4 people. An inside look at the tools, solutions and best practices that have helped them achieve these goals. Read more.
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Location: Regency 2
Lindsey Simon (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.64, 11 ratings)
This talk will present some findings from testing reflow times in a variety of browsers under different conditions. I will discuss the method used to gather the data, explore cross-browser reflow differences, and give developers advice on what to avoid when doing dynamic updates to their pages to avoid costly reflows in the browser. Read more.
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Location: Regency 2
Michael Carter (Orbited)
Average rating: ***..
(3.40, 10 ratings)
This session provides an in-depth discussion of the challenges facing large-scale Comet applications, such as Meebo, Gmail, and Facebook's chat. We discuss both server architecture and browser-side optimization tricks. We'll work through the details, and then analyze real-world benchmarks to compare the performance and trace-offs of various techniques in each browser. Read more.
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Location: Regency 2
Aladdin Nassar (Microsoft - Outlook.com)
Average rating: ***..
(3.56, 9 ratings)
Performance-Based Design (PBD) is a model that starts with target business metrics and works its way backwards to set the corresponding performance goals to meet these targets. The model is iteratively fined tuned as more data comes in. Read more.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Philip Dixon (Shopzilla)
Average rating: ****.
(4.12, 26 ratings)
In 2007, Shopzilla, a leading comparison shopping service, realized that our sites were far too slow for our users and had become difficult to change and more difficult still to support. We were presented with a classic dilemma for an established internet market player: Could we really afford the costs and the risks of re-engineering a site platform responsible for all our revenue? Read more.
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Location: Regency Ballroom
Ben Galbraith (Walmart.com), Dion Almaer (Set Direction)
Average rating: ***..
(3.44, 16 ratings)
Ben and Dion share thoughts on the role responsiveness plays in crafting compelling user experiences, including a discussion of how HTML 5 and modern browsers change the game. Read more.
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Location: Regency 1
Kyle Scholz (Google), Yaron Friedman (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 8 ratings)
Learn about the techniques Google uses to make Search fast. Read more.
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Location: Regency 1
Matt Mullenweg (WordPress / Automattic)
The steps the Open Source project WordPress took to increase its front-end performance many-fold, what worked and what didn't. Read more.
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Location: Regency 1
Tony Gentilcore (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.82, 17 ratings)
Enabling gzip compression on your webserver is one of the easiest and highest impact ways to speed up your site. However, even when this is done, up to 15% of your visitors will still not receive compressed responses. This session will cover why this problem occurs and what you can do about it. Read more.
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Location: Regency 1
Chris Bissell (MySpace), Jeremy Custenborder (MySpace.com), Yadid Ramot (MySpace.com)
Average rating: ***..
(3.43, 7 ratings)
Your site is deployed and performs to satisfaction. You sit back in your chair and contemplate a future of happy efficiency. You hear a knock on the door. The product person comes in with a huge scroll-like list of new features. They need to be out as soon as possible. Performance will suffer. How do you deal? Read more.
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Location: Regency 1
David Wei (Facebook Inc.), Changhao Jiang (Facebook Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 9 ratings)
Facebook integrates features and applications deeply into each page. Such deep integration presents both opportunities and challenges to the frontend performance engineering. In this talk, we discuss some of our work on improving and maintaining frontend performance for web pages that contain a mix of many fast-evolving features. Read more.
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Location: Regency 1
Eric Mattingly (Microsoft)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 4 ratings)
Learn how to decrease time spent indentifying performance issues and creating response time predictions. Using neXpert engineers can create a performance report that includes found web performance issues, response time predictions for user defined latencies as well as predictions for when performance fixes are implemented. neXpert is a Fiddler add-on that does all this within a matter of seconds! Read more.
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Location: Regency 1
Brad Chen (Google, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.20, 5 ratings)
Close the gap between browser and desktop application performance with native CPU performance for the web. This talk will provide an overview of this Google research technology and demonstrate a few simple applications. Read more.
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Location: Regency 1
Steve Souders (Google)
Why is the Web so slow? Steve Souders talks about the issues that prevent web sites from being faster, and what we should expect to see to address these problems. Read more.
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Location: Regency 1
Eric Goldsmith (AOL), Artur Bergman (Wikia/Fastly), Tony Ralph (Yahoo!), Bryant Mason (Microsoft Corporation), Sameer Ajmani (Google), Richard Bush (ADTECH)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 3 ratings)
Having ads is a reality for many Web sites. This expert panel will discuss experiences with minimizing ad impact on page performance. Read more.
  • Keynote Systems
  • Google
  • Shopzilla
  • Aptimize
  • Facebook
  • NeuStar
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • SoftLayer
  • SpringSource
  • Sun Microsystems

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