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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (8 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617291250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617291258
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dean Hume is a software developer and blogger based in London, U.K. A passionate techie, he created the ASP.NET HTML5 toolkit and blogs regularly about web performance at deanhume.com.

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About the Author

Dean Alan Hume is a software developer based in the UK. He has written the HTML5 toolkit for ASP.NET MVC and is passionate about high performance websites. Dean is also a full-time developer working in the trenches on front-line web applications. He regularly writes articles based on software development on his blog at deanhume.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A solid introduction to website performance, regardless of platform 21 Oct. 2013
By Jedidja Bourgeois - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fast ASP.NET websites has a slightly misleading title; of the twelve chapters, only three of them contain ASP.NET-specific techniques. The remainder of the book teaches how a website is delivered to the browser, lists tools available to measure website performance, and offers seven major areas for possible improvement.

Each chapter on the seven major areas follows a similar format: an explanation, possible issues, one or more solutions, and the results of implementing an improvement on the example website. The explanations are thorough, with relevant examples, and easy to understand.

The ASP.NET-specific part of the book includes one chapter on MVC, one on Web Forms, and one on caching (applicable to both frameworks). Even intermediate developers may find some gems buried within these chapters.

This book should be explicitly targeted towards beginner web developers and non-technical individuals interested in website performance. The topic explanations are all solid, but once you know about YSlow or PageSpeed, there are already many resources explaining how to fix each problem they surface. Certainly, experienced developers will want to look elsewhere for techniques specific to their situation.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great book for anyone focussing on improving website performance 27 Oct. 2013
By Tanya - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The web environment is relatively fast-paced. While this is both exciting and challenging, time constraints often leave the door open to neglecting certain aspects such as performance.

When trying to consider the best approach to site performance improvements, searching the web can be quite daunting. Fast ASP.Net Websites is a great foundation book for beginner web developers and even as a reference companion for more experienced web developers. The book is easy to read and understand, something many technical books are guilty of not being.

The author has made every effort to explain surrounding aspects such as how a website is delivered to the browser and things to consider at web server level. After all, one cannot presume to optimise anything if they don't fully understand the peripheral environment their code is exposed to. The chapters focussing on ASP.Net Web Forms and MVC are very useful for .Net developers and every effort has been made to discuss performance testing tools such as Yahoo! YSlow and Google PageSpeed and how they can assist the developer.

In my opinion this book is definitely a great source for developers to start improving their knowledge on site performance.
General Guidelines on Improving Website Performance 20 Nov. 2013
By Adam M. Dutko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I typically do not work with Windows based systems and Microsoft web development tools, yet this didn't stop me from reading this wonderful book. Most of the information contained in "Fast ASP.NET Websites" can be understood by beginning and intermediate web developers looking to improve the speed of their websites. If you work with ASP.NET then there is even more information pertinent to your chosen technology and platform.

I can't say this book is for expert developers as they should already be familiar with the tools and recommendations contained in this book. However, if you're a novice or a intermediate web developer looking for ideas and a bigger picture on how to approach improving the performance of your site (with specific items that will help) then read the first nine chapters of this book (there will be some IIS specific information in the first nine but you can gloss over it).

If you're an ASP.NET developer then you have three chapters dedicated to helping you improve the performance of your site and a wealth of information applicable to improving the performance of your website. This is probably the only minor issue I had with this book; if you're an ASP.NET developer you might end up wanting more information than what's given.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good start and reference for web site performance 22 Oct. 2013
By Andy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are some specifics in the book about ASP.NET, either MVC or WebForms, but really the book could be used for general website performance. But for a .NET developer, the specifics are an added bonus.

The book does a good job of introducing techniques, and giving the reader a good headstart. It's laid out well as a reference book as well, in the future when you need a specific technique, the table of contents is clear and you'll be able to get to what you need. Then you can search around for deeper dives if needed.

A good book for any performance beginner, especially .NET web developer, and also a good reference for future use. If you already have experience in tuning websites, google would probably be a better resource.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good Resource for improving website performance 8 Nov. 2013
By Edd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book does a very nice job of providing ways to improve the speed of your website.
HTML, ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms are all touched upon. The book is setup for ease of reading and understanding. First a discussion of what is performance, then a discussion of front end performance and finally server side performance. With each topic a problem is identified, a manner in which to measure the current performance or lack there of, how to resolve the issue and finally a before/after snapshot of the performance gain. Sample code/website is also provided which allows the reader to practice the discussion topics.

First and most importantly front end performance is addressed.
The author does a good job of walking the reader through tools/tips that can identify issues with front end performance. Topics such as minification/bundling, and image compression are some of the topics discussed in regards to improving front end performance.

Server side performance enters into a discussion covering code profilers in order to identify code bottlenecks. Identifying inefficient or duplicate database queries is one of the code bottlenecks discussed.

This book has expanded my knowledge in regards to enhancing website performance. I would have liked a few more examples of areas where performance gain could be obtained. However I am looking forward to applying a few of these newly learned concepts to an upcoming project.
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