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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the HTTP Archive

Robin Osborne (Otomotech), Dean Hume (Settled)
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The web is a fascinating place. Every day millions of websites around the world are constantly evolving and growing. Fortunately, great resources such as the HTTP archive capture statistics from over 300K URLS, and provide us with useful insights into the world of web performance.

The Http Archive contains a wealth of data that is only just beginning to be explored. This data can provide us with an extensive list of web performance lessons. What are some of the techniques that the best websites on the net are using? What are some of the worst sites out there doing wrong? In this session we will uncover the good, the bad, and the ugly of the HTTP Archive and show one simple thing for each that will dramatically improve their page load performance.

Apart from the more well known sites out there, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc – there are a load of unsung web performance heroes that are building great sites every day. This session will bring some of their techniques to light and encourage learning within the community. The presentation will include short interviews with the teams responsible and learn how they approached their performance problem and achieved success.

Engineers will look to attend this presentation because they will learn how simple changes can affect the performance of their web pages. Simple improvements can really go a long way toward improving page performance!

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Robin Osborne


Robin is a freelance nerd, lover of shiny new tech and connecting solid, established tech for big wins.

A lover of all things tech performance related, he’s fascinated by the various approaches teams take to improve their existing systems, or setting up new systems from scratch.

When not plugging away with new technologies, he can be found training developers, pitching for conferences, and trying to write a book or two. Robin speaks, blogs and writes at

When there’s a spare moment, he can be found teaching his daughters to code, cycling for fun and charity, and hunting down London’s best coffee – one café at a time.

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Dean Hume


Dean Hume is the author of Fast ASP.Net Websites and is passionate about web performance.
He is also a full-time developer working in the trenches on front line web applications. He regularly writes articles based on software development on his blog at