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2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated and outdated., 29 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers (Paperback)
This book is quite thin, so I was hoping for some meaty content; didn't really deliver in my opinion. There are 14 short chapters each focusing on a rule. I found chapters 1 to 4 quite interesting and I learnt a few new things, but these are similar in style and length to blog posts - in fact the first chapter links back to an A List Apart article I read years ago. After that things go downhill with chapters that either cover obscure features, tell you to avoid doing things that no-one seems to do, or explain things that have since become common knowledge. To give the book some credit many of the techniques, such as minifying Javascript, were not all that commonly adopted back in 2007. The Internet has changed vastly in the meantime deprecating a lot of the content - not that there was all that much to begin with. The book is finished off/filled out with a comparison of websites with lots of diagrams and screenshots.
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