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Even Faster Web Sites: Performance Best Practices for Web Developersby Steve Souders
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Performance is critical to the success of any web site, and yet today's web applications push browsers to their limits with increasing amounts of rich content and heavy use of Ajax. In this book, Steve Souders, web performance evangelist at Google and former Chief Performance Yahoo!, provides valuable techniques to help you optimize your site's performance.
Souders' previous book, the bestselling High Performance Web Sites, shocked the web development world by revealing that 80% of the time it takes for a web page to load is on the client side. In Even Faster Web Sites, Souders and eight expert contributors provide best practices and pragmatic advice for improving your site's performance in three critical categories:
Speed is essential for today's rich media web sites and Web 2.0 applications. With this book, you'll learn how to shave precious seconds off your sites' load times and make them respond even faster.
This book contains six guest chapters contributed by Dion Almaer, Doug Crockford, Ben Galbraith, Tony Gentilcore, Dylan Schiemann, Stoyan Stefanov, Nicole Sullivan, and Nicholas C. Zakas.
As an important follow-up to O'Reilly's bestselling "High Performance Web Sites," this second edition offers additional rules for speeding up Web page loading and responsiveness.
How do you turn website visitors into customers? Conversion Optimization offers practical advice on how to give your visitors the material they need to make a quick buying decision — without driving them away through navigation or information overload. With this book, you'll examine various techniques for blending successful website sales approaches with the particular needs of your business and the people you want to attract.
Based on the authors' years of experience in helping businesses bring customers to the online cash register, Conversion Optimization addresses every aspect of the process, from landing visitors to finalizing the sale. This book will help you increase the buyer to visitor ratio significantly, whether you're involved with marketing at a large e-commerce site or manage a modest online operation.
About the Author
Steve Souders works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. His book High Performance Web Sites explains 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. He is also co-chair of Velocity 2008, the first web performance conference sponsored by O'Reilly. 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. In the early 80's Steve caught the Artificial Intelligence bug and worked at a few companies doing research on Machine Learning, including several publications and conference appearances. He received a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and a MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University . Steve's interests are varied. He sits on the board of Freehand Systems and Fremont Hills Country Club . He teaches Sunday School at First Lutheran Church in Palo Alto. He's played basketball with several NBA and WNBA players. He was a member of the Universal Studios Internet Task Force. He participated in setting a Guinness world record. He rebuilt a 90-year-old carriage house. He has a wonderful wife and three daughters.
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