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High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers Paperback – September 18, 2007
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About the Author
Steve Souders works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. His books High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites explain his best practices for performance along with the research and real-world results behind them. Steve is the creator of YSlow, the performance analysis extension to Firebug with more than 1 million downloads. He serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference sponsored by O'Reilly. Steve taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford, and he frequently speaks at such conferences as OSCON, Rich Web Experience, Web 2.0 Expo, and The Ajax Experience.
Steve previously worked at Yahoo! as the Chief Performance Yahoo!,where he blogged about web performance on Yahoo! Developer Network. He was named a Yahoo! Superstar. Steve worked on many of the platforms and products within the company, including running the development team for My Yahoo!. Prior to Yahoo! Steve worked at several small to mid-sized startups including two companies he co-founded, Helix Systems and CoolSync. He also worked at General Magic, WhoWhere?, and Lycos.
Top Customer Reviews
_High Performance Web Sites_ is one of those books that will get read by more people than buy it because it is both a fast read and organized into clearly differentiated subjects. This makes it easy to pick up for a moment or pass along to team members with different specialties.
Each of these "14 Steps to Faster-Loading Web Sites" (listed in the editorial review above) is itself divided into related tips with practical pointers. The fact that the book is full of these pointers is not the only value I extracted. We also get something a bit more subtle. The fact that the author is a performance expert at one of the mega-companies that define the Web for most of us lends authority to the book. It is easy to have confidence that his practical experience will have immediate lessons for teams with the same problems, if on a smaller scale.
Steve Souders provides a special addition to his tips: his example pages offer direct comparisons and means to make our own tests. This is something rarely encountered in such books. The book ends with a 30-page chapter where he deconstructs 10 of the top Web sites in the U.S. using the rules and tools described in the book.
This book should be on your Essential Reading bookshelf if you're a web developer or a member of the performance team for any organization. Keep it a secret and amaze your colleagues by making small changes and demonstrating big performance improvements. Alternately spread the word about this book and let everyone benefit.
Oh, and if you already own Web Performance Tuning, 2nd Edition (O'Reilly Internet), don't be scared by this new book. It's a much easier read and it also is aware of Ajax and new web development techniques.
My hat is off to Steve Souders. The book is perfectly organized and packed with his valuable insights into what matters most when working to optimize website performance.
To everyone thinking about buying this book, I encourage you to do so. It's a great read and can give even seasoned web programmers valuable new insights into how to improve site performance. Steve is one of those rare authors that is both smart enough to boil complex subjects down into simple explanations and nice enough to do it for his readers with a consistency that is rare even among the best technical writers. To top it all he manages to do so with a light, frank style.
A joy to read. Thanks Steve. Can't wait for your next book.
It is true that the 14 principles can be found in the description of the book, or with the excellent YSlow tool delivered by Yahoo! Developer Network.
So why should you buy the book??
The book explains "why" these 14 principles are best, and it does so in a concise format.
If you currently work professionally with the front-end side of a website (or would like to someday) this book should be considered a required read. At less than US$30, it is an inexpensive investment into your on-going education.
Don't settle with just knowing "how" to make your site faster, get the book and learn "why" these steps make your site faster. You'll be a better and more valuable developer for it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Additional resources are included for further investigation. I particularly appreciate the complex concepts explained in simple terms and the section on E-Tags.Published 2 months ago by Nelson
the book felt a little outdated, while the information in the book is very valuable I already knew a large portion of it, so if you are already an experienced web developer then... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shadi
Great insights that you can use today on your web app. Also good as a interview questions and prepPublished 14 months ago by K. Ghosh
Good yet dated, still it's valid for everything that is served using HTTP/1.1Published 15 months ago by Gjermund G Thorsen
This is a very thought provoking book. It's very dated now, but the principles are still largely true, HTML 2.0 notwithstanding.Published 17 months ago by B. Brumfield
Very good. Helps bring a concise level of good practices to any developer's toolbox.Published 18 months ago by C. Palmer
The content is mentioning about good perspectives behind the frontend performance, but it seems a bit out of date today. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tatsunobu Murata
I am new to the web site design world and have purchased a number of books that give good advise about designing for SEO and good navigation of a site. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by J. Crowe