Jonathan Ginter

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Some of the best web performance tools are still largely being run as browser plug-ins. If those tools can make the leap to becoming real-time and can be made to consider user context, the industry will have something truly powerful on its hands. Initiatives like Yahoo's YSlow and Google's Page Speed were pioneers that broke new ground in the understanding of web performance. They have both garnered large communities and acted as a catalyst for the Velocity conference. For those who are not familiar with these tools, they are amazing browser plug-ins that evaluate the design of a page as it is being loaded by the browser and then assign a score to that page (YSlow uses a scale from A to F, whereas Page Speed uses a numeric scale from 0 to 100). Both of these tools have, at their heart, a series of scoring rules based on accepted best practices for the design of hig... (more)

The Advent of the Cloud

The Internet is going through a major transformation, shifting from the "Internet as application" to the "Internet as data provisioning system," and from fixed to mobile platforms like smart phones and tablets. It's nothing short of a revolution. Traditional forms of web analytics and web performance monitoring are being rendered obsolete. The concepts of "page load" or "visit" or "visitor" are quickly disappearing. Sites are rapidly becoming service-oriented providers of data to hungry mobile applications and it is already throwing a monkey wrench into management tools, transfor... (more)