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End-User Monitoring: RUM or Synthetic?
September 20, 2013 by

Performance Monitoring

Performance for end-users is the metric by which most businesses judge their web applications’ performance: is the responsiveness of the application an asset or a liability to the business?  Studies show that users are growing more and more demanding, while average pageloads are getting bigger and bigger–more than doubling in weight since 2010.  Combine that
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Tracing Black Boxes II: Monitoring Solr
September 4, 2013 by

Performance Monitoring

Your site is indexed on Google, but that doesn’t mean you’re done with search. Content-rich websites provide native search functionality to keep users engaged, maintain visual consistency, and provide content-aware filtering. But it’s very hard to implement an effective, scalable search system, which is why Apache Solr is just about the most popular ‘black box’
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Moore-Wilson: Efficient Digital Agency DevOps With AppNeta
September 2, 2013 by

Performance Monitoring

Moore-Wilson is a British design and development agency, purveyors of “bespoke technology solutions”. In other words, they’re in charge of the full web app experience, from design and development to lifecycle maintenance. Their projects are mostly PHP-based, often using Drupal as a CMS base. High-profile clients include British National Air Traffic Services, which runs UK
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An Introduction to Client Latency
August 23, 2013 by

Performance Monitoring

What is client latency? Let’s face it, users are impatient. They demand a blazingly fast experience and accept no substitutes. Google performed a study in 2010 which proved that when a site responds slowly, visitors spend less time there. Speed as perceived by the end user is driven by multiple factors, including how fast results
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Slow and Inconsistent: Client-Side APIs (Part 2)
August 13, 2013 by

Performance Monitoring

With contributions by Bobby Fitzgerald In part 1, we discussed how application-based APIs can affect web apps, and a few ways to mitigate that. In this post, we’ll talk about the other side of the coin: client-side APIs. Client Side API Tutorial For better or for worse, the world of client-side APIs is actually much
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Russian Doll Caching
August 7, 2013 by

Performance Monitoring

Rails 4 is out featuring Russian Doll caching (AKA Cache Digests). In this article, I apply Russian Doll caching to one of my poorer performing Rails 3 pages using the cache_digests gem. ActionView templates are great. They are easy to code, manage and extend but the one thing they are not is fast…at least not
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Slow and Inconsistent: Web APIs, PART 1
July 29, 2013 by

Performance Monitoring

With contributions by Bobby Fitzgerald No man is an island, and neither is a web app. The time needed to build web applications continues to approach zero, but only because the tools to build them are so much better. Talking about frameworks is almost boring; who wants to talk about Play or Rails when you
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Best Practices for Pre Deployment Network Assessment
July 19, 2011 by

Networking Technology, Performance Monitoring

Many organizations underestimate the operational and business risk associated with deploying performance sensitive applications like VoIP, video conferencing, IP storage or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to remote locations. Other projects such as transitioning to a multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network or integrating company networks due to a merger or acquisition can present significant performance problems
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