The Week That Was – Week Ending Aug 15, 2014

Here’s our pick of some of the most interesting reads on Performance from all around the web for the week ending 16th August 2014.


Adaptive versus Responsive Web Design : Which One Is Right For Your Business

By now, you are sure to have heard about the continuous rise of mobile internet usage as a share of overall web traffic. After years of projections that foretold it would happen, the use of mobile devices for web access surpassed that of desktop earlier this year. And though apps continue to dominate mobile usage (as opposed to web browsing), having a strong mobile web presence has become a vital component of businesses’ internet strategies.

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Need faster load testing? How does 9x’s faster sound? Look no further than HP StormRunner Load

Would you put up with a tool that wastes your time? I know that I don’t; because tools are supposed to make me faster, and as you know speed counts. In application delivery, it’s all about who can release faster without compromising the experience for the end user.

We know how important your time can be. Especially as you work on completing user stories, updating burndown charts and delivering solutions at the end of each sprint. The StormRunner Load team has been working hard to create a cloud-based performance testing solution that makes it easy for agile teams to:

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The Easy Way Of Building A Growing Startup Architecture Using HA Proxy, PHP, Redis & MySQL to Handle 1 Billion Request a Week

This Case Study is a guest post written by Antoni Orfin, Co-Founder and Software Architect at Octivi.

In the post I’ll show you the way we developed quite simple architecture based on HAProxy, PHP, Redis and MySQL that seamlessly handles approx 1 billion requests every week. There’ll be also a note of the possible ways of further scaling it out and pointed uncommon patterns, that are specific for this project.

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Leveraging Your CDN to Cache Dynamic Content

This blog post is based on a talk that I gave at Velocity Santa Clara this year. Check out the slides here.

On traditional content delivery networks (CDNs), dynamic content, such as HTML, API or Ajax calls (or anything else that requires application logic), is generally considered to be uncacheable. This makes it difficult for companies with dynamic elements in their site or application to deliver updated information in real-time to end users without sacrificing performance, whether or not they use a CDN.

But with the right CDN, it’s possible to cache dynamic content. In doing so, you leverage the power of caching in new ways and reap the benefits that come along with it.

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Website Design Best Practices Become Website Design Worst Practices

Last week, I had the great privilege of speaking at the annual Shop.org Online Merchandising Workshop. In the performance community, we so often find ourselves preaching to the converted: to each other, to developers, and to others who focus on the under-the-hood aspect of web performance. Attending this Shop.org event was a fantastic chance to talk with a completely different group of professionals — people in marketing and ecommerce — in other words, people who govern much of the high-level strategy and day-to-day decision-making that happens at retail sites.

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What the 10 Fastest E-Commerce Sites Can Teach Us About Web Performance

We recently released our latest quarterly research into the performance and page composition of the top 500 online retailers. (The full report is available for download here.) Today, I thought it would be revealing to take a look at the ten fastest sites and the ten slowest sites and see what they have in common, where they differ, and what insights we can derive from this.

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How We Make RWD Websites Load fast as Heck

There has been a lot of discussion about optimizing responsive layouts for performance lately, and I think that’s great. Speed broadens access and makes users happy, much like responsive design.

In the past year I’ve spent a lot of time researching page loading performance, both for our ongoing client work here at FG and for my soon-to-be-released book for A Book Apart. In the process, I’ve reaffirmed my belief that we don’t need to compromise the well-known benefits of a responsive layout in order to make our sites load as fast as heck.

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 Reduce Failed Deployments Using Application Diagnostics

In this age of relentless innovation, where web and mobile startups are changing the game everyday, the need for companies to stay ahead of the curve by continuously innovating and delivering, is key to survival. In order to get quick time to value companies are adopting the DevOps model which allows code to be deployed not in weeks or days, but several times a day. For example Etsy, a popular web marketplace, deploys 50 times a day and Netflix deploys hundred times per day.

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Have a great weekend and happy hacking!!!

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