September 19–20, 2016: Training
September 20–22, 2016: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Debugging frontend performance

Tim Kadlec (Independent), Patrick Meenan (Facebook)
9:00am–5:00pm Monday, September 19-Tuesday September 20
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 14 ratings)

Participants should plan to attend both days of this 2-day training. Training passes do not include access to tutorials on Tuesday.

Prerequisite knowledge

A basic understanding of web development (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript)

Materials or downloads needed in advance

A WiFi-enabled laptop with Chrome installed


There are many aspects to delivering and maintaining a fast web experience for users. Tim Kadlec and Patrick Meenan explain how the construction of websites and applications impacts performance as well as how to quickly debug and resolve performance issues. Tim and Patrick dive into how browsers work, how web pages are delivered, backend and frontend issues, optimizations, and techniques to get the best performance and provide hands-on experience for working on web performance.

The training will be a combination of instructional material and hands-on exercises. You will learn how to integrate performance into your development culture and make it part of your development cycle from development through release and into maintenance.

Topics include:

  • A deep understanding of how browsers load and render content
  • How to use browser developer tooling and online tools (like WebPagetest) to identify and diagnose web performance issues/opportunities
  • How to identify and resolve frontend single points of failure
  • How new technologies impact web performance (HTTP/2, service workers, resource hints, etc.)
  • How to effectively use synthetic and real-user performance monitoring
  • How to integrate performance budgeting and testing into your development process to catch issues quickly
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Tim Kadlec


Tim Kadlec is a performance consultant and trainer focused on building a web everyone can use. He is the author of High Performance Images and Implementing Responsive Design: Building Sites for an Anywhere, Everywhere Web and was a contributing author for Smashing Book #4: New Perspectives on Web Design and the Web Performance Daybook: Volume 2. He writes about all things web at

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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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Audra Carter
09/18/2016 5:34am EDT

Hi Andi – just make sure you have Chrome installed if you don’t already.

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Patrick Meenan
09/18/2016 2:02am EDT

No downloads required. WiFi is mostly for accessing online resources like

09/18/2016 1:34am EDT

are the materials to download available now?
don’t want to waste time on Monday just for downloading them.