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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 20 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596522304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596522308
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 23.3 cm
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About the Author

Steve Souders works at Google on web performance and open source initiatives. His books High Performance Web Sites and Even Faster Web Sites explain 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 with more than 1 million downloads. He serves as co-chair of Velocity, the web performance and operations conference sponsored by O'Reilly. Steve taught CS193H: High Performance Web Sites at Stanford, and 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.

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badly written
poorly explained

This book is more related to JavaScript (90% of the book) than web sites (HTML/CSS/images) themselves (about 10% of the book).
The examples are poorly explained and not much useful.

The title is misleading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars After You've Mastered High Performance Web Sites May 26 2010
By Rob Szarka - Published on
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Steve Souders has been a leader in documenting and evangelizing techniques for improving web site performance, and his previous book High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers (or the web posting from which it evolved) is essential reading. Even Faster Web Sites is not an updating of that book, but a collection of additional advice from Souders and eight contributors. So the first thing to note is that you should probably only tackle this book if you've already mastered the techniques outlined in High Performance Web Sites.

The one exception to the advice above may be if you're a web developer who makes heavy use of Javascript, since over half of this book is devoted to AJAX. The remainder of the book addresses a variety of topics of interest to web development professionals in general--optimizing images, writing efficient CSS, advanced techniques for implementing gzipping, and more.

As with Souders previous book, there is little that will be new to professionals who've kept up with best practices via blogs and the like, but it's still nice to have all the information in one handy book. For those who are just starting to investigate web performance optimization, High Performance Web Sites plus Even Faster Web Sites will get you up to speed quickly.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising the performance bar up a notch June 16 2009
By OnceMore - Published on
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This book is a follow-on to Steve Souder's first book entitled "High Performance Web Sites". Whereas the first book was authored entirely by Steve Souder, this newer book contains chapters authored by other experts in Javascript, Ajax, and/or Network Performance. Comparatively speaking, I tend to think of the performance tuning techniques discussed in the first book as all relatively straightforward to implement, while those in this newer book as ranging from some that are relatively straightforward to implement (e.g., how to write efficient Javascript and CSS Selector code, how to optimize image sizes, and how to flush documents early to trigger initial web page rendering as soon as possible), to others that tend to be trickier to implement, involving either the use of:

* lesser known http features (e.g., chunked encoding for incremental page rendering or low-latency data transfers from server to browser in support of near-realtime applications such as chat, stock quotes, etc), or

* still evolving technologies (e.g., Google GEAR or Web Worker API for overcoming Javascript's single-threadedness to get more concurrent work done), or

* not yet publicly released technologies (e.g., Microsoft Research's Doloto system that facilitates the "splitting and packaging" of a Javascript-intensive Web Application into a quick-loading initial component or cluster that enables early page rendering, and supporting payloads that are loaded more lazily or on-demand).

One theme that runs throughout this newer book is that in order to squeeze more performance out of a next generation web application, developers would have to become more and more adept with using asynchronous techniques (which could involve tricky issues); by this I don't just mean using Ajax which could involve asynchronously pulling data from server to browser, but also asynchronous techniques for facilitating parallel component downloads, etc.

Given the cutting-edge and more complex nature of some of the discussed techniques, this book is an invaluable aid to anyone itching to experiment: it lays out a problem, suggests approaches and related tools whenever appropriate (e.g., no access to Doloto?, here are alternative do-it-yourself implementation approaches), provides lots of sample code, calls out potential gotchas and how to workaround them, and then with the support of empirical data, tells you the relative pros and cons of each suggested approach. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Faster and Faster Aug. 11 2009
By Anthony Holdener - Published on
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Today's Web developer knows that the speed of one's site is an important measure to its overall success, and Steve Souders' previous book, /High Performance Web Sites/ (O'Reilly), laid out what seemed to be every way to achieve good performance gains without the sacrifice of functionality or aesthetics. When I began reading Souders' /Even Faster Web Sites/, I therefore wondered how he could possibly demonstrate fresh ways to achieve performance gains without regurgitating the content of his previous book. What I discovered as I read /Even Faster Web Sites/ was it presented all new best practices for making your web sites "leaner and meaner" without repeating the content of his last book.

/Even Faster Web Sites/ takes the latest techniques available to developers and organizes them into three performance areas: JavaScript, network, and browser. Though I believe Souder knows what he is talking about regarding web site performance, I found it refreshing this time around that he had the contributions of other experts in the field to give their ideas on performance gains in these areas.

I thought the chapters on JavaScript, especially those discussing Ajax and asynchronous techniques, were well written and gave good, new best practices to trim time off the loading of content on a site. I also appreciated the chapter dealing with Comet, as these technologies are surely a driving force for future web applications, and having best practices early in their development will only help their progress. Of the two chapters on browser performance, I found the honesty of the discussion on the downsides of using iframes most helpful, especially when their use was discussed as a viable technique for improving performance early in the book. I did find the chapter on CSS selectors extremely useful for analyzing where slowdowns in styling may exist based on browser implementation. The chapters on network performance gave a good background on common hindrances such as connection limits and poor image choices, but also walked through what I felt were performance gains that can be made through less utilized techniques like chunked encoding and better compression.

Souder finished this book with an Appendix on performance tools that can be used to help in the improvement of a web site, which I found to be immensely helpful. While many tools he listed are well known to developers, there are some I was unaware of and began making use of immediately on my own sites.

/Even Faster Web Sites/ is an excellent follow-up to High Performance Web Sites, giving new best practices for making your web sites even faster. As I see it, even hundredths of a second begin to add up when you put all of these techniques together, and most of the techniques presented in this book are practical for any web site being developed. I would recommend this book to any developer looking for ways to improve the performance of his web site, as Souder has certainly demonstrated his knowledge and expertise on improving the speed of a site.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Value Here July 9 2009
By Brett Merkey - Published on
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I don't think I have had a book this intriguing and valuable in my hand in a long while. You will harvest a measurable return on investment from "Even Faster Web Sites" if you are concerned with both the technical implementation and user experience aspects of your Web work.

Chapter 4 (Loading Scripts Without Blocking) introduces and reviews several ways that the referencing of scripts can degrade page performance and user experience. Test pages are provided to make clear each assertion by the author. After the *problem* is clarified, the author discusses alternative solutions and their impact on a range of circumstances. The details can get involved, but the writing is clear and focused. The ends that *you* need are kept to the fore. Souders summarizes all his tests in a decision tree that gives you the preferred approach depending on your requirements. That decision tree and the motivations behind it in this chapter alone reduce the price of this book to insignificance.

Any Web team with a copy of this book handy will surely waste less time debating "truisms" and "old developer lore" that often intrudes into our discussions. Souders and the other contributing authors have done us a great service here.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for front-end engineers Sept. 15 2009
By Mostafa farghaly - Published on
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An important note is that this book isn't 2nd edition of O'Reilly high performance web sites, it's totally new book starts where O'Reilly high performance web sites finishs, it contain new researches, techniques and best practiceses, written by web front-end performance guru Steve Souders and co-authored by well known experets: Chapter1 about Ajax performance and performance wisdom written by Douglas Crockford the discoverer of JSON data interchange format and JavaScript architect at Yahoo . Chapter2 about responsiveness, threading and latency written by the guys of Ajaxian blog Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith. Chapter3 about defering the load of unused functions and libs and spliting the intial payload written by Steve Souders. Chapter4 about loading scripts without blocking techniques and the benefits of each technique and its effect on user experience like busy indicators and browser behavior of ordered execution. Chapter5 about coupling async loaded scripts with inline script techniques and the benefir of each and its uses in real world libs like Dojo and YUI loader. Chapter6 about positioning inline elements and its blocking behaviour and how to overcome this. Chapter7 about effecient performant JavaScript best practices written by Nicholas Zakas the Author of Wrox JavaScript for web developers. Chapter8 about Comet a.k.a reverse ajax performance written by Dylan Schiemann the CEO of sitepen and the cofounder of DoJo. Chapter9 about how to enhance performance of the users who can't take advantage of Gzipping by Tony Gentilcore, software engineer at google. Chapter10 about Optimizaing images written by nichole sullivan the author of Object Oriented CSS and Stoyan stefanov the author of Packet Object Oriented JavaScript and both work at yahoo. Chapter 11 Sgarding Dominamt domains, Chapter 12 Flushing Document early, Chpater13 using iframes sparingly, Chapter14 simlifying CSS selectors performance all by Steve Souders and at the end of the book performance tools reference . after all it's a must read book for front end engineers and any one want to make even faster web sites .