Web Performance Digest - June 2012 - User experience tips, case studies, and the best of Velocity
At the beginning of each month, we update our Web Performance Hub with a collection of the most compelling articles, posts, videos and presentations from across the performance community.
This month's Web Performance Digest features 20 new links. Find out what went down at Velocity 2012, including product unveilings, memorable presentations, and an exciting announcement from us here at Strangeloop. Elsewhere, get user experience tips, read case studies from the performance trenches, and learn the 10 golden rules by which all third-party providers should abide.
New links include:
10 Golden Rules for 3rd Party Providers [blog post]
Catchpoint – June 27, 2012
Summary: Murphy's Law reigned supreme throughout June, with a flood of large-scale outages taking down some of the world’s most popular websites. Given the inevitability of online failures, third-party providers must be prepared to deal with the worst. Find out the 10 Golden Rules by which all third-party providers should live by.
Browser Speed Tests: Chrome 19, Firefox 13, Internet Explorer 9, and Opera 12 [article]
Lifehacker – June 12, 2012
Summary: It’s a battle of startup speed, tab loading times and other KPIs between the four titans of Windows browsing. Lifehacker’s speed tests are always entertaining for what they’re not afraid to say, and this article is no exception.
How complex systems fail [research paper]
CTALab.org – June 26, 2012
Summary: As a complex and interdependent system, the web is prone to catastrophe at the highest levels. In this fascinating paper on resilience engineering, Dr. Richard Cook outlines the reasons why all complex systems are intrinsically hazardous, why disaster is always just around the corner, and how failure-free operations require experience with - you guessed it - failure.
Ghosts of Velocities Past: 9 presentations that are still relevant today [blog post]
Web Performance Today – June 20, 2012
Summary: Velocity’s short (yet very important) history is filled with memorable moments, and these 9 presentations from past conferences remain relevant today. Perhaps not trendsetting anymore, but certainly trend-affirming, which may just be better.
How to Make Progress Bars Feel Faster to Users [video]
UXMovement – June 4, 2012
Summary: The human perception of time is anything but linear, and with just minor visual tricks, it gets even more skewed. After reading this post, you’ll never trust a progress bar again.