An interview/screencast with Steve Souders of the Yahoo! Exceptional Performance team and YDN, discussing YSlow. YSlow analyzes web pages and tells you why they’re slow based on the rules for high performance web sites. YSlow is a Firefox add-on integrated with the popular Firebug web development tool.
Joseph Smarr is the Chief Platform Architect at Plaxo, Inc., where he’s led the engineering of Plaxo’s address-book integration application. In the course of building Plaxo 3.0, which involved an ambitious foray into rich internet application design, Joseph and learned a host of lessons about the importance of performance and the means by which it can be achieved. Many of those lessons (“premature optimization is the root of all evil”) will be familiar. But some run contrary to what are commonly thought of as best practice in frontend engineering. In this talk, Smarr explores the core lessons that he and his Plaxo team have learned and the details of how they leveraged maximum performance from the web browser in the creation of Plaxo 3.0.
Published September 9th, 2008 Under Uncategorized | Leave a Comment
Steve Souders is Yahoo’s chief guru in the art and science of web performance and the author of the YSlow plugin for Firebug; he is the author of High Performance Web Sites, a forthcoming title from O’Reilly (bonus points if you can guess which animal O’Reilly’s editors chose for the cover of this one…). For the past three years, Steve has led a team investigating the root causes of poor page performance and applying the lessons learned to Yahoo!’s high-traffic, media-rich properties.
In this talk, Julien covers several major performance topics:
- Developing for high performance
- High performance page load
- High performance DHTML
- High performance layout and CSS
- High performance Ajax
- Performance measurement tools