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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (20 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596522304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596522308
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blag on 4 Feb 2011
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I bought this book in the hope that it would deal with matters that were omitted from it's forerunner (by the same author), but I found that it was more of the same less-than-definitive guidance. I tried incorporating some of the recommendations, but found that in most cases, either no benefit resulted or the code in the book was faulty. Inevitably, the book is also somewhat out-of-date.
For those of you who are thinking of purchasing this book (or the previous similar book) I would recommend that you save your money and follow the guidance that is available free of charge on the web via 'YSlow'. The author of these books was involved in the implementation of YSlow, and much of what these books contain is covered adequately in the notes that accompany YSLow or those in Google's on-line WebsiteOptimizer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Moores on 30 April 2010
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This book contains information I just couldn't find elsewhere. I haven't had a chance to explore the whole book, but what I've read so far contains a rich mine of information about Comet, making the JavaScript itself more efficient, loading scripts asynchronously, optimizing images (e.g. CSS Sprites) and a host of other topics. It's not a thick book, but if you're interested in cutting edge client-side browser development, you can't really go wrong with this book.
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By Alex Ireland on 31 July 2012
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Author Steve Souders (Head Performance Engineer at Google, previously Chief Performance at Yahoo) grew to fame with the YSlow Firefox plugin - a super little gizmo which gave web developers all sorts of ideas for how to speed up their web sites. The book 'High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers book' elaborated on everything the YSlow plugin was telling you. That book serves a forerunner to this book. In fact there is an assumption the reader has already read it, is already familiar with all the points it made and is prepared to dig deeper.

I thought 'Even Faster Web Sites' detailed many clever techiques to boost performance. Amongst some of my favourites:
* Create a <script> element and set its src attribute to a JavaScript file you want to download asychronously.
* Use the script onload's event - which will only be called when the script has finished downloading - to avoid race conditions.
* Succint explainations on how deep scope chains in JavaScript can degrade performance
* Tips on when to use if statements, switch statements and arrays for flow control.
* A good overview of the Comet Architectural approach and how it can be achieved.
* Domain sharding tips: split based on resource type e.g put CSS and images on one domain, everything else on another domain.

There are also timely reminders, including:
* That IFrames make it easy for the UserAgent to print part of a page and are a mechanism to split part of your document giving it independent characteristics.
* IFrames are more expensive to download.
* That a browser's busy indicator stops once the Window.onLoad event is fired.
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By Leo on 3 Sep 2014
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Amazing book. It has all the details normal software engineer must know. All those questions are usually asked at job interviews and are useful in the normal live.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alexandre Masselot on 6 Feb 2011
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Everything is in the title.
The approach is clear, each dimension of improvement for a web site is described in details. You just have to follow the path and the experience just get better
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