Hiccup. We all get them occasionally. So does the Web. When an Internet or server hiccup causes a script, stylesheet, or font file to timeout, the result can be devastating – the containing web page is likely to appear completely white for a minute or more. What’s worse – your monitors are unlikely to register this outage. Don’t worry – this probably won’t happen to your website. Or will it?
Steve Steve Souders works at SpeedCurve on the interplay between performance and design. He previously served as Google’s head performance engineer, chief performance Yahoo!, and as chief performance officer at Fastly. Steve has pioneered much of the work in the world of web performance. He is the author of High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites. He is the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow, the HTTP Archive, Episodes, ControlJS, and Browserscope. Steve taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford University and serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O’Reilly.
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