10 Good Reads on Performance

In this post we’ve put together a list of the top 10 reads on SPE (Systems Performance Engineering). We’ve attempted to pick the most relevant reads for someone who wants to build a stronger understanding of SPE (Systems Performance Engineering) across the delivery and support lifecycle.

These top 10 reads you will notice is not just limited to the technicalities of SPE (Systems Performance Engineering) but also touches upon fundamentals of different subjects which in our opinion helps build a strong foundation on SPE.

Here’s the categorization of our picks:

  • SPE (Systems Performance Engineering) Fundamentals
    • Every Computer Performance Book: How to Avoid and Solve Performance Problems on The Computers You Work With by Bob Wescott
    • Performance by Design: Computer Capacity Planning By Example by Daniel Menasce
  • Advanced SPE (Systems Performance Engineering) Concepts
    • The Practical Performance Analyst by Neil Gunther
    • Guerrilla Capacity Planning: A Tactical Approach to Planning for Highly Scalable Applications and Services by Neil Gunther
    • Performance Solutions: A Practical Guide to Creating Responsive, Scalable Software by Connie Smith
  • Web Performance & Optimization
    • High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers by Steve Souders
    • Even Faster Web Sites: Performance Best Practices for Web Developers by Steve Souders
  • SPE Modelling, Visualization & Forecasting
    • Computer Systems Performance Evaluation and Prediction by Paul Fortier
    • Forecasting: principles and practice by Rob Hyndman
    • Forecasting Oracle Performance by Craig Shallahamer (Covers basic Performance Modelling Concepts)

Feel free to browse through the Book Store here at Practical Performance Analyst to see the entire list of SPE (Systems Performance Engineering) related books here at Practical Performance Analyst.

Every Computer Performance Book

Price: $19.99

4.4 out of 5 stars (31 customer reviews)

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Performance by Design: Computer Capacity Planning By Example

Price: $48.62

4.5 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews)

17 used & new available from $5.97

Performance Solutions: A Practical Guide to Creating Responsive, Scalable Software

Price: $40.74

4.3 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)

32 used & new available from $6.35

The Practical Performance Analyst

Price: $34.02

4.5 out of 5 stars (7 customer reviews)

45 used & new available from $8.14

Forecasting: principles and practice

Price: $42.78

3.8 out of 5 stars (16 customer reviews)

27 used & new available from $37.87

Guerrilla Capacity Planning: A Tactical Approach to Planning for Highly Scalable Applications and Services

Price: $50.67

4.7 out of 5 stars (7 customer reviews)

59 used & new available from $28.50

High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers

Price: $21.61

4.2 out of 5 stars (64 customer reviews)

106 used & new available from $1.06

Even Faster Web Sites: Performance Best Practices for Web Developers

Price: $17.13

4.6 out of 5 stars (23 customer reviews)

72 used & new available from $1.54

Computer Systems Performance Evaluation and Prediction

Price: $68.16

3.4 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)

23 used & new available from $10.39

Forecasting Oracle Performance

Price: $49.82

(0 customer reviews)

17 used & new available from $45.82

We would encourage you to pick up a book depending on your area of interest across SPE (Systems Performance Engineering). There’s no specific order here and we would encourage you to pick up a book depending on the current challenges you face and interests in an areas of SPE across the delivery and support lifecycle. Feel free to browse through the Book Store here at Practical Performance Analyst to see the entire list of SPE related books here at Practical Performance Analyst.

Do write to us with your thoughts, input and comments at trevor at practical performance analyst dot com.


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  • ThyagSundaramoorthy

    Missing : Systems Performance by Brendan Gregg and also the 90’s classic The Art of Computer Systems Performance Analysis by Raj Jain

    • Thanks mate. Yes, both of those are good reads for anyone with interests in Systems Performance Engineering. You’ll find those books included in the SPE section at the bookstore link above.