Performance Tools

Steve Souders (SpeedCurve), Patrick Meenan (Facebook), Alois Reitbauer (Dynatrace), Sergey Chernyshev (NY Web Performance Meetup), Craig Conboy (Blaze)
Web Performance Ballroom ABCD
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WebPagetest (Patrick Meenan) – Most people only graze the surface of what you can do with WebPagetest for analyzing pages. In this session I’ll go beyond the basic page load times and demonstrate how to get the most from the tool, including:

  • Evaluating the impact of components on the load time by blocking content on the fly
  • Testing interactive applications or multi-step paths to make sure you measure the full user experience, not just individual pages
  • Effective use of the video capture built into WebPagetest, including advanced customizations
  • Identifying code hot spots quickly and drilling into them with the Dynatrace Ajax Edition integration
  • Packet captures for verifying network/server performance

Mobitest (Guy Podjarny) – Mobile browsing is on the rise, and many website owners would tell you mobile web performance is critical to their success. However, most of those owners would not know how their own sites perform on mobile, largely due to an extreme lack of mobile performance tools. In this workshop we’ll show how to fix that problem using Blaze Mobitest, a free hosted mobile performance measurements. We’ll show how to quickly and easily measure your site’s performance on a variety of mobile devices, such as iPhone and Android. We’ll also review the full feature set, ranging from simple measurements to detailed HAR files, and answer any questions on the underlying technology and more.

ShowSlow (Sergey Chernyshev) – Next we’ll set up ShowSlow for metric tracking and go over various options for configuring custom instance to fit your needs. We’ll look at configuration of testing tools like YSlow, Page Speed and dynaTrace AJAX to send data to your instance of Show Slow and see how it can be used for documenting and helping with decision making during day to day web performance optimization efforts.

Dynatrace Ajax Edition (Alois Reitbauer) – We will cover at a whole range of performance engineering approaches using dynaTrace Ajax Edition. We start by looking at JavaScript and Rendering analysis. Next we dive into cross browser performance comparison between Internet Explorer and Firefox. Then we look into automating performance testing of Web 2.0 application using Selenium’s page objects with dynaTrace timers and how to integrate performance testing into an automated build environment as well as regression analysis.

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Steve Souders


Steve Souders is chief curver at SpeedCurve, where he works on the interplay between performance and design. Steve previously served as Google’s head performance engineer, Yahoo’s chief performance officer, and Fastly’s chief performance officer. Steve 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 as well as the creator of many performance tools and services including YSlow, HTTP Archive, Episodes, ControlJS, and Browserscope. Steve taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford and serves as cochair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O’Reilly.

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Patrick Meenan


Patrick Meenan is a software engineer at Facebook, where he’s helping make the web faster. Patrick has been working on web performance in one form or another for the last 25 years. Previously, he worked at Cloudflare and Google to make Chrome and the web faster. Patrick created the popular open source WebPageTest web performance measurement tool, runs the free instance of it at, and can frequently be found in the forums helping site owners understand and improve their website performance.

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Alois Reitbauer


Alois Reitbauer is chief evangelist at Dynatrace. Alois is fanatic about monitoring, DevOps, and application performance and has spent most of his professional career building monitoring tools and speeding up applications. He is a regular conference speaker, blogger, book author, and sushi maniac.

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Sergey Chernyshev

NY Web Performance Meetup

Sergey Chernyshev (@sergeyche) is web performance enthusiast, open source hacker and web addict. He has 20 years of web development and operations experience and organizes NY Web Performance Meetup Group, local community of web performance geeks in New York and helps kick-start local web-perf groups around the globe.

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Craig Conboy


Craig works at Blaze building a service that automatically speeds up web sites. Now focused on web performance, Craig has been developing systems that operate on web sites for the past 15 years. It all started with web crawling and full-text indexing, followed by products to test websites for quality, accessibility, privacy, and security. Most recently prior to Blaze, Craig was a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM.

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Frank Ober
06/14/2011 6:47am PDT

Being a bit in the back, it was tough to hear, both Sergey and Alois. It was much different than last year’s performance tools quick drive Workshop, and it was also better than that, just wish the audio was better.

06/09/2011 1:08am PDT

That’s true Justing. However using Virtual Box or VMWare Fusion should do the trick. Especially for IE analysis you have no choice anyways

Justin Brodley
06/09/2011 12:56am PDT

One note you can’t install the Dynatrace product on a Mac.

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Steve Souders
05/19/2011 6:56am PDT

I’ll be ringleader in this gathering to highlight some of the best performance tools available today. You’ll see many of these in the lightning demos, but this workshop is your chance to get more details and ask questions.

  • Keynote Systems
  • Cisco
  • Google
  • Neustar
  • Betfair
  • Cotendo
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • Akamai
  • Apica
  • dynaTrace
  • Equinix
  • Facebook
  • New Relic
  • Opscode
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • AppDynamics
  • Aptimize
  • Blaze
  • CDNetworks
  • Cedexis
  • Citrix Systems
  • Compuware Corporation
  • Dyn Inc.
  • F5 Networks
  • Heroku
  • Percona
  • Quest Software
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • SiteSpect
  • Splunk
  • Strangeloop
  • WatchMouse
  • Zeus Technology
  • Neustar

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