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Pingdom’s must-read articles #59

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SUMMARY: Another selection by @pingdom of articles about web performance, the Internet, and technology in general. Tweet this

In this ongoing series of blog posts, we bring you a set of articles from around the web that we think you should consider having a read through. Here’s this week’s selection. Hopefully you find something interesting and useful.

This week’s suggested reading

  • Text Compression for Web Developers: Colt McAnlis, Developer advocate at Google, takes you through how you can compress text data on the web, usually comprised of HTML, Javascript, and CSS.
  • SmartStack: Service Discovery in the Cloud: Igor Serebryany at Airbnb details SmartStack, an automated service discovery and registration framework.
  • How Dropbox stores stuff for 200 Million Users: With information gathered at the Velocity conference in New York, we learn many interesting facts about Dropbox, including that the company uses more than uses more than 10,000 physical servers to manage user content.
  • A beginner’s guide to perceived performance: 4 ways to make your mobile site feel like a native app: Kyle Peatt at Mobify covers many different aspects of perceived performance of mobile websites as well as practical solutions to speeding up your site.
  • WebSockets: An interview with Frank Greco about websockets from the QCon conference.
  • How to lose $172,222 a second for 45 minutes: The tale of the steps leading to a $460m trading loss due to a software bug that struck last year.
  • How the browser pre-loader makes pages load faster: Andy Davies discusses what the pre-loader is and how it can improve web performance.
  • Under the hood at Facebook: Building posts search: “With one billion new posts added every day, the posts index contains more than one trillion total posts, comprising hundreds of terabytes of data.”
  • The history of packets: Robbie Hott has put together a detailed timeline of how TCP/IP has developed over the years.

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