Online education portals like Udacity and Coursera are really changing the world of remote learning in significant ways. By making free and high quality education accessible to a global audience, these platforms are opening up undreamt of possibilities for communities around the world to improve, grow, and prosper in the digital economy of the 21st century. Education at top tier colleges and universities has traditionally been a social and economic privilege, but now anyone can join in the learning revolution by sitting in virtual classrooms with the world’s best and brightest educators. Whether this involves learning how to code and build smart phone apps, or starting up a new business, or learning about public health literacy, the sky is the limit of what’s now possible.

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This Week in Website Performance

website-performance-weekly-monitorusThis Week in Website Performance is a weekly feature of the Monitor.Us blog. It summarizes recent articles about website performance. Why? Because your friends at Monitor.Us care about your website’s performance.

Improving ASP.NET Performance Part 7: Data Binding

Author: Ard-Jan Barnas.  Publisher: Paid Monitor Blog.ASP.NET’s data binding can perform well. Or not! This article shows how to avoid the most common performance issues.

Performance Implications of Responsive Design

Author: Guy Podjarny.  Publisher: Guy Podjarny.While this article is a review of Tim Kadlec’s book, Implementing Responsive Design, it goes well beyond that. It points out Responsive Web Design’s (RWD) possible performance problems and suggests solutions to those problems – use responsive images, build mobile first, and measure performance.

10 Critical Examples Of Why Application Speed Matters

Author: Samier.  Publisher: TraceLytics.This article outlines ten reasons why we need to make website performance a priority.

From Months to Seconds with Subquery Materialization

Author: Øystein Grøvlen.  Publisher: Planet MySQL.This article discusses how to improve the performance of a particular query that took about 80 days (that’s right, days) to execute. By eliminating the dependent subquery with MySQL 5.6’s subquery materialization, run time was reduced to 6.8 seconds (that’s right, seconds, not days).

Interview with Alan Kay

Author: Andrew Binstock.  Publisher: Dr. Dobb’s.The line between insanity and genius frequently blurs. Some people will view Alan Kay’s comments as the ravings of a madman. Others will drop their jaws in astonishment at the concepts. Kay’s Wikipedia page says, “Kay has lectured extensively on the idea that the Computer Revolution is very new, and all of the good ideas have not been universally implemented.” He believes the computer revolution hasn’t happened yet. Vision or insanity? You decide.

It’s Time To Stop Blaming Internet Explorer

Author: Nicholas C. Zakas.  Publisher: Nicholas C. Zakas.In a time when everyone wants to take a kick at Internet Explorer, it’s hard to find someone willing to say good things about it. But that’s one of the things I like about Nicholas Zakas. He’s not afraid to express an unpopular opinion, and he usually justifies his opinion with good, sound logic. This article is in response to two articles by Louis Lazarus. Links to those articles are included in the first paragraph. [P.S. – This article should win an award for the most comments.]

HTML5 and the Future of the Web – Dr. Seuss Style

Author: Christian Heilmann.  Publisher: Christian Heilmann.This Dr. Seuss style poem explains the past, present, and future of the World-Wide Web. It has nothing to do with performance, but every now and then we need something cutesy in our lives.
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About Warren Gaebel

Warren wrote his first computer program in 1970 (yes, it was Fortran).  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo and his Bachelor of Computer Science degree at the University of Windsor.  After a few years at IBM, he worked on a Master of Mathematics (Computer Science) degree at the University of Waterloo.  He decided to stay home to take care of his newborn son rather than complete that degree.  That decision cost him his career, but he would gladly make the same decision again. Warren is now retired, but he finds it hard to do nothing, so he writes web performance articles for the Monitor.Us blog.  Life is good!