on 5 March 2003
When I first got this book I wondered just how much it could cover that I didn't already know.... wow, was I suprised!
I generally read a book's first chapter and then pick and choose the parts I think would be useful, however I read this one from cover to cover in a matter of days. I then spent the next week or so implementing the great tips and tricks I'd learned from it across my sites.
What Andy King doesn't know about this subject could be written on a postage stamp, from Lilliput. From image compression, to movie optimisation to code reduction to CSS to Apache settings and many many more, this book covers it all, in detail.
I don't think I have another book with so many folded corners and highlighted lines.
If you want to make your site faster, find some great resources and learn just how little you know on this subject I highly recommend this book.
on 6 August 2004
The impression throughout is that a top-notch web pro has simply sat down at his keyboard and "spilled the beans" (Karl Moore style) on all the intricate and difficult pro tips that will doubtless have taken him half-a-lifetime to acquire. The old browser/new browser and I/E/Netscape compatibility issues are also addressed in detail throughout so intermediate level site-builders should be able to implement the majority of these (code-based) tips. This is probably the best computer book I have ever bought.