Page Speed

Location: Regency Ballroom Level: Novice
Presentation: Page Speed Presentation [PPT]
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Page Speed is an open source Firebug add-on that gives suggestions on how to improve web page performance. In this talk, we describe the open development model that we have adopted for Page Speed and the importance of decreasing latency to make web applications more responsive.

We will cover some of the innovative features of Page Speed that we have used at Google, including identifying inefficient CSS selectors, identifying unused JavaScript and CSS, and the Page Speed Activity Panel, which renders a timeline of network and local events.

We also mention upcoming features such as paint events and screen snapshots in the Activity Panel and early success stories with using Page Speed.

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Bryan McQuade


During Bryan’s time at Google, he has contributed to various projects that make the web faster, including Shared Dictionary Compression over HTTP, optimizing web servers to better utilize HTTP, and most recently, the Page Speed web performance tool. Prior to working on web performance, Bryan was the first full time engineer on the Google TV Ads team, where he helped to build some of Google’s TV ad auction and video management systems.

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Richard Rabbat

Google, Inc.

Richard Rabbat is a product manager at Google. He recently released Page Speed, a Firefox add-on that analyzes web pages and gives suggestions on how to improve them in addition to doing some of the optimizations itself. He works on projects that power Google’s infrastructure including latency measurements for Google apps. Previously, Richard worked on data center technologies.

Richard was VP of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Club of Northern California where he helped incubate the green energy and clean technologies program.

Richard is a Senior Member of IEEE and holds a Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

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