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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Velocity Conference '08 Notes

Velocity Conference was great!

I think the greatest takeaway is how seriously the Firefox and IE8 team are taking client performance. In particular, the work of Steve Souders, the Yahoo! performance team, others who are writing about Ajax performance is the playlist for what to optimize. As Eric Lawrence of Microsoft said to Steve, "Our mission is to make your book on performance be out of date."

This is a very different picture from a few years back.

I still find it very disappointing that the Safari team is always absent at these discussions. I realize that Safari is kicking butt in performance (I will post examples from our round trip stats to show that) but it really is important that they are approachable by the community. But this seems to be the way of Apple unfortunately.

Some Great Talks
There were a lot of good talks, but here are the ones that stood out to me (I did miss both mornings).
Some Great Announcements/Tools
My talk is also available for download.

Already looking forward to Velocity '09.

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Wesley said...

Safari 3.1.1 and Firefox 3 seem to be about the same in terms of JavaScript performance, but SquirrelFish and WebKit blows them both away. So I guess Safari 4 is going to give Firefox a run for its money.

Here's one benchmark. I found another one that compared the final release of Firefox 3 to both Safari 3 and WebKit builds, but can't find that link anymore.

Nirav said...


Thanks for the notes on Velocity. I checked out the tools and they all seem quite interesting. I registered for the kite early adopter program and found that the tool is now available for download. This should be a good tool to test my web apps.