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Pingdom’s weekend must-read articles #39

This is our collection of must-read articles about web performance, dev, ops, and more for the weekend.

This week’s suggested reading

  • Faster Websites: Crash Course on Web Performance: Ilya Grigorik from Google gave a a three hour workshop at Devoxx 2012, this is his presentation.
  • Under the Hood at Facebook: Automated backups: Facebook details how it keeps one of the largest MySQL installations in the world backed up.
  • On layout and web performanceKelly Norton writes about the patterns that cause browsers to do unnecessary layout, and some of tools available that will point out these problems.
  • How Facebook Survived 34 Intense Days Of “Lockdown” To Build Graph Search: Product manager Loren Cheng of Facebook’s Graph Search team opens up about the sleep-deprived run-up to launch.
  • Handling Growth with Postgres: 5 Tips From Instagram: Mike Krieger, co-founder of Instagram, shares their experience from having used Postgres to scale from 90 likes per second a year ago to 10,000 per second at peak.
  • Mental Hygiene for Software Engineers: Avoiding Micro Level Technical Debt: Chad Davis says that the essence of software engineering can be captured in two words: managing complexity.
  • Ten Web Performance Tuning Tricks in 60 Minutes: Richard Campbell opens up his web performance tuning toolkit and walks you through ten different techniques for improving web performance.
  • Why performance measurement is an art form, how mobile is a game changer, and where the cloud fits in: podcast with Geoffrey Smalling, CTO of
  • Improving Twitter search with real-time human computation: A description of how Twitter combines automated tracking of popular search queries and human evaluators.
  • The Story of the PING Program: The creator of the Ping command, Mike Muuss, tells the story of how he came up with the “little thousand-line hack.”
  • Failure is always an option: Mathias Meyer asks whether we should embrace failure openly, and do everything we can to turn it into a learning experience.
  • Honoring Our Drive Farmers: Backblaze labels hard drives in honor of the people who helped them out with storage space by buying cheap drives during the recent Thanksgiving holiday.

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Great articles, but if there’s still something you need to learn about the web, it’s not to hijack events to do something they’re not supposed to do. When I middle-click on one of the links on that page, instead of doing what it should (open in a new tab), the click gets hijacked and is then processed like a left-click. You may have added special handling for CTRL+left click, since that works as expected, but the better option would be to just leave events alone. Who knows, maybe someone is running an exotic OS, or has reconfigured their system to work the way they wanted it to work, that is different from the defaults.

Thanks for the feedback, Janne. As far as we know there’s nothing on that site that should cause that, but we’ll certainly look into it.