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Performance Perspectives

I’ve spent several months researching performance tips on the World-Wide Web. Occasionally I see a comment that one or another tip is a “micro-optimization,” a term that is intended to dismiss it as not worth considering. While I personally don’t like passing on an opportunity to improve performance, I can certainly understand where these comments come from. With today’s time constraints, we can’t spend too much time polishing the hubcaps when the engine needs to be rebuilt.

Considering all the tips I’ve been presenting in the monitor.us blog, I think it’s time to step back and get some perspective. What’s important? What should developers and other techies consider first and review often? Read more…

Category: Website Performance

Website Performance: PHP

The World-Wide Web offers more PHP performance tips than can be comfortably discussed in one article, so the following is merely a list that can be used for reference purposes. The tips are divided into categories to group similar things together and make it easier to find what we need. The author’s search for tips was extensive, but completeness still cannot be guaranteed.These tips fall into category #3.1 (the server executes a script) in the taxonomy of tipsthat we have been working with.Because of the sheer volume, these tips have not been tested. The reader is expected to test them in his own production environment before relying on them. This is not unreasonable, though, because the value of most tips depends on the unique environment within which PHP operates. Read more…
Category: Articles

Website Performance: JavaScript

This article lists many of the JavaScript performance tips found on the World-Wide Web. The focus is on listing them concisely rather than explaining them. Please read the referenced articles at the bottom for further information. The tips are classified to make it a little easier to find what we need.The author has tested some (not all) of these tips. If testing does not support the tip, it is noted below. Please keep in mind that testing in other environments may yield different results. In all cases, test these tips in production before reaching any conclusions.

Website Performance: Taxonomy of Tips introduced a classification scheme to help us organize the many performance tips found on the Internet.  JavaScript falls into category #3.1 (the server executes a script). Read more…

Category: Articles

Website Performance: SQL

This is the fourth of four articles about Database Management Systems’ (DBMS) performance. The first of these four articles presented an overview and some installation tips. The second article talked about building the database’s tables and indexes. Parts three and four get into the meat of accessing the database, with non-SQL tips in the third article and SQL tips in the article you are reading now.

Website Performance: Taxonomy of Tips introduced a classification scheme to help us organize the many performance tips found on the Internet.  Database Management Systems fall into category #3.2 (the-server-side-script-accesses-a-service).

The information below is particular to MySql. However, most relational database management systems have similar features, so the concepts are relevant to all.

Read more…

Category: Website Performance

Website Performance: Accessing the Database

This is the third of four articles about Database Management Systems’ (DBMS) performance. The first of these four articles presented an overview and some installation tips. The second article talked about building the database’s tables and indexes. Parts three and four get into the meat of accessing the database, with non-SQL tips in the article you are reading now and SQL tips in the fourth article.

Website Performance: Taxonomy of Tips introduced a classification scheme to help us organize the many performance tips found on the Internet.  Database Management Systems fall into category #3.2 (the-server-side-script-accesses-a-service). Read more…

Category: Articles
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