Automate Your Site's Front-End Performance!

Kitt Hodsden (CodingClan LLC)
1:30pm–2:00pm Tuesday, 04/21/2015
Development tools
Location: Salon 9
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 17 ratings)


You’ve done what you need to do to create a functioning, responsive, good-looking site that works blazingly fast in your development environment. How sure are you, however, that it performs well for your users? Does it render quickly? Does it respond well to user input? Where are the bottlenecks of your site? More importantly, can you increase both the perceived and actual speed of your site?

Let’s take a dive into tools for checking site speed and improving site performance. We’ll review the available tools for cross platform, multi-device front-end performance testing, find bottlenecks, simulate our users’ experiences on our site, then automate those checks using Grunt and good old-fashioned shell scripting. In the end, we’ll be able to see how our site changes have affected our site performance, and what steps we can take to increase perceived and actual site speed.


Attendees are expected to have front-end development experience in HTML, CSS and Javascript, but not necessarily experience in performance testing. Tools presented will help attendees make better site-performance choices when building sites, as well as how to retrofit existing sites for improved site speed.

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Kitt Hodsden

CodingClan LLC

Kitt Hodsden is the 47th laziest developer in the world, a feat which takes considerable effort. That effort has taken her to Twitter, where she and her team built a unified platform for the company’s supplementary websites. Before working at Twitter, Kitt co-founded CodingClan LLC, a small web development firm specializing in the rapid development and deployment of Drupal-based community and commerce websites; co-founded Hacker Dojo, a community space for hackers, tinkerers, makers and programmers in Mountain View, California; worked on Shrek and Antz; and built enough websites to lose count.

When not organizing a conference or study group, preaching the gospel of lazy productivity or building another website, she can be found playing or coaching ultimate, depending on how willing her Achilles are at the moment.