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Archive for the ‘Web performance’ Category

Talking the talk of web performance

states-105-iconWorking in the performance industry you’re surrounded by many technical terms. Of course, we need to have many terms and phrases to be able to communicate about specifics.

There’s no doubt that much of what we deal with on a daily basis can be very complex, so we need to be careful with how we label and describe things.

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real user monitoringWhen you click on a link in a web browser to go to a web page, a complicated process starts. This process should end in the web page being displayed correctly to you, the visitor. If you’re a webmaster, monitoring this process to see how the performance of your site is affected can be critical to delivering a good user experience to your visitors.

The process of loading a web page consists of separate steps called loading states. In this article, we explain how you can make use of loading states data to speed up your site site using our new Real User Monitoring (RUM) service.

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Last week we launched our Real User Monitoring (RUM) service, and the response has been fantastic. Our customers have added RUM to scores of websites, and we hope the data collected can help you get a better understanding of the performance of your sites.

We already have quite a bit of information about Real User Monitoring, but today we wanted to address one feature in particular: the long tail of load time distribution.

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real user monitoringWith our Real User Monitoring service closing in on an official release, we’ve been especially keen to find out what the experience has been like for participants in the beta program. When we noticed a few tweets about real user monitoring by Mauricio Freitas in New Zealand, the admin of Geekzone, we had to find out more.

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Highlights from the W3C web performance workshop

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We are committed to making the web faster and more reliable, and we really enjoyed attending the W3C web performance workshop a couple of weeks ago, together with representatives from  Akamai, Google, Microsoft, and many others. This was a day packed with information, often very detailed and technical, about all different kinds of aspects of web performance.

There is an official summary of the workshop, including links to the presentations, but we felt we should give you some of the highlights.

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The road to RUM (infographic)

the road to rumToday we’re participating in W3C’s Workshop on Web Performance at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. We think it’ll be a great opportunity to meet friends and colleagues, talk web performance in general, and RUM (Real User Monitoring) in particular.

Since the Navigation Timing specification lays the groundwork for much of what’s currently being done in RUM, we thought we’d present how we ended up where we are today, and what the current situation looks like.

Raise the curtains: we present the road to RUM.

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10 questions about web performance

In our continuing series of interviews about web performance, we’re now joined by Yannick Kunegel, Manager, Systems Engineering – Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Citrix Systems.

Citrix may not be the company that comes first to your mind when thinking about web performance or web companies. But if you look at its wide range of products and services, you’ll see that they do care very deeply about the web and how fast web services are for users.

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10 questions about web performance

After our last interview with a representative of the Apache HTTP Server Project, we didn’t expect to hear so soon again from the leader in web server software.

But we now have the great privilege to present an interview about web performance with Sander Temme, member of the Project Management Committee member and contributor to the Apache HTTP Server project.

This is a part of our continuing series of interviews about web performance.

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10 questions about web performance

In this continuing series of interviews about web performance we now turn to cloud application platform provider Heroku.

James Ward, Principal Developer Evangelist at Heroku, will take us through the current state of web performance, detailing what Heroku is working on, and give some advice as well.

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10 questions about web performance

We continue our series of interviews about web performance by talking to Arvind Jain, Engineering Director at Google.

His career started out at Microsoft, where he worked as a software engineer, then continued at Akamai and Riverbed, before he joined Google. At Google, Arvind is responsible for making Google products faster and he runs the “Make the web faster” initiative.

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