Schedule: Web Performance sessions

This track provides the developers and code ninjas tasked with improving latency and building scalable web sites that deliver content, streaming media, and more on multiple platforms.

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Ballroom AB
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Sean Power (Watching Websites)
Average rating: ****.
(4.35, 74 ratings)
This session will help you build a complete web monitoring strategy. We'll cover the many different metrics you can collect, from latency and uptime to usability and navigation - and show you how to tie them to the goals of your web business. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
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Maximiliano Firtman (ITMaster Professional Training)
Average rating: ***..
(3.62, 72 ratings)
For the last five years, we´ve talk, discuss and test all the web techniques for high performance. What about mobile web? How mobile web browsers do request and page rendering? How to optimize to the maximum the mobile web experience? Read more.
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Ballroom AB
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Tom Hughes-Croucher (Change.org)
Average rating: ***..
(3.54, 63 ratings)
I have made a map of everything involved in getting from your computer, via your ISP, to a web site and back to your eye balls. It's exhaustive, but that's the point. Where the heck should we optimize? This talk explores the important features of the web and where we should optimizes. Learn about the different ways people are optimizing the different pieces of the puzzle. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
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Matt Sweeney (Yahoo!)
Average rating: *....
(1.96, 50 ratings)
For many developers, the modern web site has evolved into something more like an application, requiring more specialized tools to measure performance. This workshop will provide an overview of some of these tools. You will learn how to profile the loading and running of a web page in various browsers, identify performance bottlenecks, and examine ways to optimize the overall user experience. Read more.
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Anne Sullivan (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 36 ratings)
The painful impact JavaScript has on page load times is well understood - scripts block downloads and rendering, even in newer browsers. In this workshop, we’ll cover tools and techniques for implementing progressive enhancement including Closure Compiler, Google Page Speed, and other JavaScript frameworks. Read more.
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209/210
Mark Nottingham (Akamai)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 29 ratings)
You probably already set Expires headers, and maybe you use a CDN or have put an accelerator in front of your static images. But that's not all that Web intermediaries have to offer -- if you know where to look. Come along for a grab bag of techniques, tools and ways to (ab)use HTTP to the best (and occasionally worst) advantage. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Joshua Bixby (Strangeloop Networks)
Average rating: ***..
(3.55, 20 ratings)
Last year at Velocity, Hooman Beheshti presented the findings from phase one of Strangeloop’s long-term research into the relationship between web performance and business benefits. The results were also published in Watching Websites. Since then, we’ve received a barrage of questions from the web performance community, which fueled phase two of our study. Read more.
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Jay Sullivan (Mozilla)
Average rating: ***..
(3.07, 15 ratings)
In this session Jay Sullivan, Vice President of Mobile at Mozilla, will address the evolution of rich application development capabilities within the Web browser for mobile phones, including the performance and features of the JavaScript language, support for HTML5 and richer AJAX interactions and the ability to access device capabilities data from Web applications. Read more.
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Yehuda Katz (Strobe, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.62, 8 ratings)
Since the beginning, Rails has focused its energies on providing simple defaults for client-side performance. By embracing conventions, Rails has enabled users to gain the benefits of best practices without having to fully understand all the details. Learn how Rails has historically provided fast defaults, and how Rails 3 (and beyond) takes that to a new level. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Stoyan Stefanov (Facebook)
Average rating: ***..
(3.40, 48 ratings)
Running PageSpeed - all checks. YSlow - A. So what's next to do? Well, you can cheat! You know that time is relative - one hour with your mother-in-law feels much longer than one hour on the beach. The same way you can bend the perception of the page loading time and make the page feel faster, even though the RTT is the same. Read more.
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209/210
Average rating: ****.
(4.57, 37 ratings)
In 2009, Yahoo! introduced an overhaul of its flagship site, www.yahoo.com. The move saw a shift from a mostly-static page to a dynamic, customizable, highly interactive page. What didn't change? Perceived performance by users. Learn the techniques that allowed a smooth transition for 100 million monthly users. Read more.
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Sergey Chernyshev (truTV (Turner))
Average rating: ***..
(3.41, 29 ratings)
Featured by Steve Souders at Velocity Fall 2009, Show Slow is an open source tool that helps keeping track of performance metrics gathered over time using Yahoo’s YSlow and Google's Page Speed Firefox extensions using web-based *ESTful beacons. It provides easy to understand graphical representation of metric changes over time that makes decision making quick and easy. Read more.
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Andy Martone (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.16, 31 ratings)
Google web search sees a lot of requests from modern browsers with a missing or mangled Accept-Encoding header. Google now tests these browsers' ability to understand compressed content, and if successful, sends gzipped responses back, resulting in a better user experience. Read more.
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Patrick Lightbody (New Relic)
Average rating: ***..
(3.76, 25 ratings)
Learn how open source tools and new standardization efforts make it easier to continuously measure your site's page performance. Get the latest info on a new collaboration between BrowserMob, WebPageTest.org, ShowSlow, WebMetrics, PageSpeed, and others as they create standard components and APIs for sharing and reporting on performance data. Read more.
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John Rauser (Amazon)
Average rating: ****.
(4.77, 35 ratings)
Network latency, not bandwidth, dominates to-the-glass latency of many web applications. This talk explores the history and dark corners of TCP to examine how decisions made in the 1980s effect the speed of your applications today. Read more.
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Ballroom ABCD
John Rauser (Amazon)
Average rating: ****.
(4.49, 61 ratings)
Many problems in web performance and operations are deeply cultural and only tangentially technical. Sadly, engineers are often very bad at creating cultural change. This talk presents four cases where clever people have created cultural change, and draws out the common lessons contained therein. Read more.
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Ballroom ABCD
Tim Morrow (Betfair)
Average rating: ***..
(3.08, 48 ratings)
Shopzilla is one of the largest and most comprehensive comparison shopping networks on the planet. Delivering content to millions of users, thousands of times per second – FAST – is not just good for business, it's a competitive advantage. This talk will provide updated metrics on the value of performance for Shopzilla and our techniques for achieving, measuring and defaulting to high performance. Read more.
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Ballroom ABCD
Robert Johnson (Facebook)
Average rating: ***..
(3.42, 40 ratings)
Last year we made Facebook twice as fast, but it turns out that that's the easy part. The hard part is keeping it fast as things are constantly changing. I'll be talking about the code frameworks, tools, and engineering culture that come together to keep our site moving fast as our engineering team moves fast to build new products. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella), Stoyan Stefanov (Facebook)
Average rating: ****.
(4.76, 29 ratings)
Your website has out-of-control CSS bloat. You know your performance is being impacted, but how do you move from organic CSS with no particular architecture to something lighter, more logical, and easier to maintain? In this session, Nicole Sullivan and Stoyan Stefanov will show you how they improved the CSS at Facebook and Yahoo! Search. Read more.
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Ballroom CD
Chris Blizzard (Mozilla Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 16 ratings)
Details coming soon. Read more.
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Ballroom CD
Mike Belshe (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 17 ratings)
Find out what the Chrome team is working on to make the world's fastest browser even faster. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Susannah Raub (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 13 ratings)
The new Google Maps JavaScript API v3 was designed to load quickly on both mobile and desktop browsers, while providing a comparable feature set to the original API. This API loads more than twice as fast on mobiles, with an initial download that is one fifth the size. We'll share our learnings and the design used to make these improvements. Read more.
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Ballroom CD
Jason Weber (Microsoft)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 22 ratings)
Internet Explorer 9 will fundamentally improve browser performance by taking full advantage of modern PC hardware. Learn how the new JavaScript compiler, new GPU powered graphics system, and new platform capabilities will make websites faster today while enabling the next generation of HTML5 applications through hardware acceleration. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Marcus Westin (Meebo), Martin Hunt (Game Closure)
Average rating: ***..
(3.81, 16 ratings)
The Meebo Bar is served to more than a hundred million users on thousands of websites. If it performs badly those websites suffer. It *has* to be fast. In "Building Fast Webapps, Fast" we will tell stories of dealing with performance challenges while building the Meebo Bar. Listen in and learn how you can take ownership of your web product's performance without neglecting feature development. Read more.
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Ballroom CD
Steve Souders (Google), Chris Blizzard (Mozilla Foundation), Mike Belshe (Google), Jason Weber (Microsoft) Moderated by: Steve Souders
Average rating: ****.
(4.14, 21 ratings)
Come hear from the Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome teams about what they're working on, and let them know what the next generation of browsers need to have to make web apps fast. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Ben Livshits (Microsoft Research), Ben Zorn (Microsoft Research)
Average rating: ****.
(4.04, 24 ratings)
JavaScript is widely used in web-based applications and is increasing popular with developers. So-called ”browser wars” in recent years have focused on JavaScript performance, specifically claiming comparative results based on benchmark suites such as SunSpider and V8. We evaluate the behavior of JavaScript web applications from commercial websites and compare this behavior with the benchmarks. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Lindsey Simon (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.59, 17 ratings)
Browserscope is a crowd-driven test framework for profiling browsers. The goal is to track browsers becoming faster, safer and more consistent for both users and developers. This talk will dive into some of the progress we've seen as well as how you can use, and others are using, Browserscope to store and present their test data pivoting on the user agent. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Philip Tellis (Yahoo!)
Average rating: ***..
(3.47, 15 ratings)
Money can buy more bandwidth, but to improve latency, you need to increase the speed of light (or electricity). Latency is a problem that all network apps face, but web app designers need to worry a little more. Find out why and what you can do about it. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Aladdin Nassar (Microsoft - Outlook.com)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 14 ratings)
At this presentation, Hotmail will share with the Velocity Community its key findings surveying last-mile bandwidths and network latencies around the world. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Tony Ralph (Yahoo!)
Average rating: ***..
(3.45, 11 ratings)
Display advertisements often violate the criteria for optimal web page performance. This discussion will portray why this is often the case by taking a look at the array of entities that can be involved with the creation, delivery and tracking of display ads. Read more.
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Ballroom AB
Ismail Elshareef (Edmunds, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.44, 9 ratings)
Ads are painful to deal with, but they pay the bills. Ismail Elshareef will share the lessons he learned on how to lessen the impact of third-party components, including ads, on site's performance. At Edmunds, they have iterated over multiple solutions until they found an optimal one that works and they'd like to share that with you. Read more.

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  • DTO Solutions
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