Book review: Even Faster Web Sites, by Steve Souders (and others)
Thanks to the O’Reilly Facebook group I got the chance to review the book ‘Even Faster Web Sites‘, by Steve Souders. Please read below to get an idea on what to expect about this new title from O’Reilly ($34.99).
The book is written by several authors (the main one is Steve Souders), and it was specially nice to read Tony Gentilcore (the author of the popular plugin ‘Fasterfox‘) writting about some gotchas of the use of Gzip to serve web pages, among other things.
How is it organized:
The book is organized in 14 chapters, each one of them can be read independently (more or less) from each other. They are packed with good examples that are brief but illustrate each technique, which makes this book a good reference guide. Also the appendix (which is so big it should be called the chapter 15) is loaded with really useful tools that can be used to detect and diagnose problems on a website (the majority of them are free).
Forgets to mention server side techniques like connection and thread pools, page caching (server side not client side), among others, or common tricks used in well known frameworks like Ruby & Rails, Java Servlets (PHP is mentioned briefly though).
Also missing is the coverage of server side tools like vmstat, mpstat, top, free, tcpdump or ethereal (Linux, Solaris, BSD or UNIX tools) which could be really useful to diagnose performance issues on the web application.
To be fair this is a book focused on client side techniques and talking about server side optimizations will make it pretty big, so maybe the tittle of the book should be changed to ‘Even Faster Web Sites, client optimizations’ (I am pretty sure the authors have tons of server side techniques to share as well, so maybe this could be a second book on the subject? :))
Kodegeek stars: 4 of 5.