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Ultra-Fast ASP.NET: Build Ultra-Fast and Ultra-Scalable web sites using ASP.NET and SQL Server 2010th Edition
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After working at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) during the summer doing tech support, I went to university at UC Santa Barbara. They turned out to be one of the early adopters of Unix.
After graduating from UCSB with a BA in Math in 1979, I got a job working with Unix, C, and the Internet.
During the 1980s, I moved to Silicon Valley and started my own software consulting company. I specialized in low-level operating systems work, performance tuning, and network-oriented applications. I led a team that did one of the first ports of Unix to a microprocessor (the 68000) and wrote a Unix-like OS from scratch, including a high-performance filesystem. I developed an XNS-based network stack and helped architect Intel's first port of Unix to the x86. I also wrote several 3-D scientific animation systems and a gate array placement package based on the simulated annealing optimization algorithm.
In the early 1990s, I wrote a custom real-time OS that was used in the US Navy's F-18 aircraft. I developed real-time applications that were used in spacecraft and associated ground support systems, including a system called the Stellar Compass that measures vehicle attitude using digital images of stars. That software has flown to the Moon, to Mars three times, and to a comet and back. I was also the principal architect and designer of the ground system and various flight software components for one of the world's first commercial imaging satellites for what is now DigitalGlobe (of Google Maps fame).
I was very enthusiastic about Java when I first heard about it in the mid-1990s. One of the first things I developed with it was a large-scale audio conferencing system. Sometime later, I used it to build a custom high-performance application server. I helped to architect and build several large-scale Java-based data-intensive web sites and web applications, including one that was designed to be deployed to and used by 20 million set-top boxes to provide Internet over TV. My most recent Java-based project was building a document-management-oriented filesystem; I am the primary inventor of several related patents. A number of financial institutions are now using the system to help address risk-management issues.
I went to work for Microsoft in late 1999. My first project there was to develop a comprehensive architecture to deliver MSN content via TV-oriented middleware platforms such as WebTV using C#, ASP.NET, and SQL Server. A few years later, after completing development of the initial system, I moved to the Microsoft Technology Center. I began working with and advising some of Microsoft's largest customers such as eBay and MySpace, regarding the .NET- and SQL Server-oriented aspects of their system architectures.
The common thread that binds my career together includes a focus on performance and reliability. The software development process is another long-time interest of mine, because I've seen first-hand how much of an impact it can have on the success or failure of a project.
In December 2006, my family and I left the intensity of Silicon Valley and moved to beautiful New Zealand, where we currently live. My hobbies include ham radio (callsign ZL2HAM) and photography.
Top Customer Reviews
We all want our web applications to run lean, clean and fast, but how do we best spend our time doing so? You might ask, "Should I spend more time improving my caching strategies? How should I approach it?" or "Should I spend my time trying to optimize IIS's performance? Where do I begin with that?"
With so many different ways to approach any given problem, you could spend days or weeks learning all the different ways you MIGHT be able to get your desired results. But if you're like me, after a while you just say, "OK, OK, someone please just tell me the best way to approach this for most situations and I'll tweak it for my needs." That's what you get here.
This book is great. It is a collection of best practices, tips and tricks for architecting your web applications to be both ultra-fast AND ultra-scalable. Instead of listing a thousand things you might want to try out to see if it helps, this book just says, "here is a proven approach that works for most situations, most of the time". Thank you! Let's implement it and move on to the next one.
But more than just telling you, "Do this, then do that", this book explains the Why's as you go along. This is invaluable as it is how we actually learn and integrate these things into our understanding of the big picture.
It is clear that the author has deep and intimate knowledge of the subject. His credentials explain why. He began working with the Internet and writing network-oriented software in the 70's.Read more ›
The MS Press Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability (Patterns & Practices) is similar in spirit and content to Ultra-Fast ASP.NET, but though still useful, it is quite dated (published 2004, that is before .NET 2.0/ASP.NET 2.0) and also much broader in scope and a bigger tome. In contrast, Ultra Fast targets ASP.NET and is very up-to-date, very readable and practical. By limiting the scope to ASP.NET and MS platforms he was able to comfortably and expertly cover all tiers, from the web front-end through the web/app tier to the data and infrastructure layers. Similar books exist for the LAMP platform (e.g, ...Read more ›
I love ASP.NET, C# And the whole .NET framwork, but I must admit it can be a little slow compared to other technologies and many of the newer AJAX controls have lots of overhead to deal with. Of course with with 'magic' of AJAX, these ASP.NET controls can make a website feel like a windows desktop application but it does have its vices which id overhead of the viewstate among others.
Here are some of the many topics you will learn from this book:
*A way of thinking about performance issues that will help you obtain real results.
*How to apply key principles that will help you build ultra-fast and ultra-scalable web sites.
*How to use the ultra-fast approach to be fast in multiple dimensions. You'll have not only fast pages but also fast changes, fast fixes, fast deployments and more.
*Techniques that are being used by some of the world's largest web sites.
*How to structure your HTML and CSS to create pages that load ultra-fast.
*Tips for using Silverlight, Ajax and IIS 7 to improve the performance of your site.Read more ›
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Excellent book. Considers each and every aspect of ASP.Net Web site from all angles. Gives practical advice on every aspect. Awesome read.Published 15 months ago by Abhijeet Nagre
This book has a lot of high-level suggestions about how to facilitate high performance, scalable web development. Read morePublished 20 months ago by micah_raleigh
I red the whole book. This is by far the best book and right on the topic. It's a must read for any serious professionalPublished on September 5, 2012 by Eugene Zilberleyb
Awesome! Best computer book in my collection. Clear. Concise. Probably should be named Ultra Fast Performace since it spans lots of areas beyond ASP. Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by Eric
Kiessig has written an excellent book. He discusses numerous techniques that you can implement in your code to squeeze performance and scalability. Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by Paul Gehrman
First, this is a great book.
The author, Rick Kiessig, does a great job of describing how to build fast web sites - based on a web server and a SQL Server. Read more
Any asp.net developer NEEDS this book. It is a must have. It tells you the basic FACTS to get the fastest possible website using ASP.NET. Read morePublished on December 18, 2010 by Douggy Fresh
If you are serious about achieving best ASP.NET practices, this is the book for you.
I've been developing intranet sites for several years. Read more