Smashing Conference

New York 2014 SmashingConf New York 2014 17th–18th of June 2014

Andy Hume


Andy builds websites and Web applications. He currently works in the software architecture team at the Guardian. Formerly at Clearleft, Microsoft and Multimap where he has worked on projects for the BBC, Mozilla, Gumtree, Channel 4. Sometimes he writes articles for .net Magazine, and Computer Arts Projects, and speaks at conferences like South By Southwest, Responsive Day Out, and Edge.

Building For Performance and Resilience

Tuesday, June 17th – 14:45

The case for fast loading websites has been made. We can point to case studies from companies like Amazon, Google, and Yahoo, linking page speed to increased revenue and profit (although it never hurts to remind ourselves!). Businesses understand this, and orders are coming from the top of the organization to speed up the site. So now we've decided to prioritize performance, what should we actually do? What should we be measuring? How should we be measuring it? And where do we start improving things?

This talk will focus on architecting high performance, resilient front-ends. It will look end-to-end at how web pages get from a server to the screen on a user's device. It will cover how to prioritize and optimize that process, and look at tools for measuring and monitoring the right performance metrics over time, as well as other lessons from Andy's recent work on large scale sites like the Guardian and Twitter.

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