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Professional Website Performance: Optimizing the Front-End and Back-End 1st Edition

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Achieve optimal website speed without compromising on quality

Building and maintaining high-performance websites can have a significant impact on a site's success. In addition, effective website development requires optimum performance with regard to both the web browser and server. Taking those factors into consideration, this platform-neutral book covers all aspects of building and maintaining websites that deliver peak performance on all levels. Longtime web developer and performance expert Peter Smith explores the ways in which websites can respond more quickly by configuring front-end performance related to the web browser, as well as the back end for speeding up the communication between the server and the browser.

Professional Website Performance:

  • Examines factors such as compression and JavaScript, database performance, MySQL tuning, NoSQL alternatives, load-balancing across multiple servers, effective caching of web contents, CSS, and more
  • Walks you through minimizing the performance penalties of SSL
  • Discusses the dangers of premature optimization and how it can add complexity to your code
  • Looks at waterfall views at the front end of a website, which show the order in which the browser is requesting resources
  • Addresses scaling horizontally (increasing the number of machines in your setup) versus scaling vertically (keeping the same number of servers, but upgrading their hardware)


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Peter Smith has been a full-time Linux consultant, web developer, and system administrator for more than a decade. His open source projects include modules for Apache and OSCommerce, a cross-platform IRC client, and contributions to The Linux Documentation Project.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (November 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118487524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118487525
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,571,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been interested in web performance for a couple of years now and thought i had it pretty much sussed, but this book provided a heck of a lot of stuff I just wasn't aware of, particularly when it came to database and load balancing.

The book is divided into two parts. The first deals with front end stuff, and although I already knew a lot of it I still picked up plenty of tips along the way. For me the best part was the second part of the book which mostly deals with www load balancing, database scaling
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Ever Chapter is full of awesome information. Its one book that will take you awhile to get through because every page has four or five nuggets of information that explains how HTML, CSS, JavaScript works in the browser and how we as developers can take advantage of that for optimization purposes.

This is a great book for any mid-senior level web programmer who is wanting to know how to improve their code.
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