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Schedule: Performance sessions

The Performance track explores Javascript, TCP, HTTP, frameworks, optimizing databases, performance’s impact on the bottom line, new measurement developments, and more.

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Steve Souders Steve Souders is Chief Performance Officer at Fastly developing web performance services. He previously served as Google's Head Performance Engineer and Chief Performance Yahoo!. Prior to that Steve worked at General Magic, WhoWhere?, and Lycos, and co-founded Helix Systems and CoolSync. Steve 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, Cuzillion, Jdrop, ControlJS, and Browserscope. He serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference from O'Reilly, and is co-founder of the Firebug Working Group. He taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford.

 
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Beekman
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
Tammy Everts (SpeedCurve)
Average rating: ***..
(3.79, 53 ratings)
This tutorial covers a broad set of performance fundamentals — from user expectations to business metrics to optimization best practices — to help you hit the ground running for the next three days. Read more.
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Beekman
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Patrick Meenan (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.96, 27 ratings)
Did you know you can deploy your own WebPagetest instances for your own testing needs? We will walk through the process of deploying a private instance using dedicated hardware, cloud resources and mobile devices, and demonstrate some of the exciting uses once you have your own instance to use/abuse. Read more.
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Beekman
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Buddy Brewer (SOASTA), Philip Tellis (SOASTA)
Average rating: ****.
(4.07, 41 ratings)
RUM isn't just for page level metrics anymore. In this talk we will share how to time the most important components on your page and keep track of third party performance. Read more.
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Beekman
Tutorial Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials on Monday.
Alois Reitbauer (Dynatrace)
Average rating: ***..
(3.40, 20 ratings)
The W3C Web Performance group has developed a set of specifications to make performance measurement easier and also allow to build better performance-aware applications. This session provides detailed insight into the specifications and gives hands-on insight into how to use them to build better and faster web applications. Read more.
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Regent
Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 33 ratings)
In service oriented applications, you interact with endpoints you don't directly control. They can be fast or slow, reliable or unreliable. On a recent project, we interacted with an endpoint that took 12 hops to get a response back. Six out, and six back. In this session, Nicole will describe the journey her team took to craft a solid user experience in spite of these constraints. Read more.
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Eitan Konigsburg (The New York Times Company)
Average rating: ****.
(4.15, 26 ratings)
The New York Times underwent a major redesign that put performance at the heart of the project. We were surprised by which changes led to some of our biggest performance gains. Come hear the behind-the-scenes story of how NYTimes.com achieved a dramatic speed increase. Read more.
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Steve Lerner (eBay, Inc.), Rajasekhar Bhogi (eBay, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 20 ratings)
Measuring and improving performance is particularly important for eBay and its family of companies. When 100% of traffic carries e-commerce, every millisecond counts. eBay's Site Speed Team leaders from Network and Platform engineering will give a detailed walkthrough of eBay's methods for continuously measuring and improving site, transaction, and API speed across devices and geographies. Read more.
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Tammy Everts (SpeedCurve), Kent Alstad (Radware Canada)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 20 ratings)
Everyone has strong opinions about progressive images. Some believe that progressive images improve performance by showing the user something while they look at the screen. But others believe that progressive images increase user frustration. We took these assumptions to the lab to see if we could definitively answer the question: do progressive images deliver a better or worse user experience? Read more.
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Yoav Weiss (Akamai)
Average rating: ***..
(3.78, 18 ratings)
The preloader is an essential performance optimization mechanism that exists across all modern browsers, yet it remains a mystery to many Web developers. In this session, we will explain what the preloader is, what it does, what developers need to know about it, and what the future may hold for it. Read more.
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Mark Zeman (SpeedCurve)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 12 ratings)
To date waterfall charts have been a mainstay in visualizing web performance. Mark Zeman will explore the strengths and weaknesses of various types of charts and present new visualizations that add depth, animation, and interaction to reveal performance bottlenecks and insights at both a holistic and detailed level. Read more.
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Alex Russell (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.54, 13 ratings)
HTML Service Workers present new opportunities - and challenges - for mobile and offline application development on the web by offering the equivalent of a programmable client-side proxy for network traffic from your application. Come learn the ups, downs, and potential gotchas involved in making offline-first and mobile-first web apps a reality. Read more.
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Barbara Bermes (OANDA)
Average rating: ****.
(4.31, 16 ratings)
Many websites include widgets such as ads, social plugins, or analytics controlled by third party providers. This talk will present best practices & tools on how to sandbox these scripts & measure their performance. After this session, the audience will be equipped to ask the right questions when choosing third party providers, and be armed with guidelines on how to integrate these snippets best. Read more.
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Mike Adler (The Huffington Post)
Average rating: ***..
(3.85, 20 ratings)
The paradox of the modern news site is that while ads and partnerships are the primary source of revenue, they are also the biggest source of performance problems. The Huffington Post engineers are frequently battling with the impact of third-party content which they do not control. How can an engineering organization quantitatively assess the risks of third party content? Read more.
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Tobin Titus (Microsoft)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
Performance experts have championed best practices for images in an attempt to reduce the strain on your network. However, in the world of diverse mobile devices, graphics are affected by far more than just network utilization. This session explains physical limitations in the CPU, GPU, and Memory as well as tradeoffs to help you unlock your best performance. Read more.
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Mark Nottingham (Akamai)
Average rating: ****.
(4.81, 16 ratings)
HTTP/2 support is emerging in browsers and clients after two years of work in the IETF and informed by even more experience with SPDY. While the new protocol is a drop-in replacement for HTTP/1, getting the most out of it takes understanding, planning, and effort. This talk explains how HTTP/2 affects ops, the situations it can help performance in, and what the community learned from deploying it. Read more.
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Robin Osborne (Otomotech), Dean Hume (Settled)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
The Http Archive contains a wealth of data that is only just beginning to be explored. In this presentation, we will show a selection of poor performing sites which could be transformed by making one simple change to their page performance, as well as highlighting some lesser known “unsung stars” of the web development world and showcasing the performance techniques that they use. Read more.