Learn basic and advanced uses of WebPagetest, the performance measurement tool for optimizing websites. This practical guide shows users new to this tool how run tests and interpret results, and helps experienced users gain a better and more thorough understanding of hidden features in WebPagetest that make testing easier.
Written by WebPagetest power users and performance experts, this book will help web developers and frontend engineers solve the problem of slow sites. Topics include:
Basic test setup—shows beginners how to get meaningful results
Advanced test setup—provides another level of technical depth by explaining features not thoroughly documented at webpagetest.org
Analysis of results—helps you understand of how to interpret test results
Private instance setup—teaches power users the intricacies of the webpagetest private instance and how it works
API and external tools—provides a detailed reference for the API and demonstrates tools already using the API to extend WebPagetest
Rick Viscomi is a front end engineer with a background in web performance. Rick is also an open source developer and has open sourced two projects: trunk8, an intelligent text truncation plugin to jQuery, and Red Dwarf, a Google Maps heatmap tool for visualizing GitHub project popularity. Since 2013, he has worked as a web developer at Google, helping to make YouTube fast.
Andy Davies first stumbled into web performance in late '90s when he was trying to deliver e-learning over dial-up connection speeds and has been hooked ever since.
He's currently Associate Director for Web Performance at NCC Group, where he helps clients to measure, and improve the performance of their web sites.
Andy regularly speaks about web performance and occasionally contributes to open source projects such as WebPagetest, he also wrote 'A Pocket Guide to Web Performance" for Five Simple Steps
Marcel Duran is a web performance engineer at Google. He previously worked to speed up high traffic websites for Twitter and Yahoo! He was also the Front End Lead for Yahoo!’s Exceptional Performance Team where he open sourced YSlow. Marcel also spoke at the Velocity Conference and co-authored Web Performance Daybook Volume 2 (O'Reilly).
I'm reviewing a partial, pre-release copy of the book. So far its very informative and current to webpagetest. Since I use the site daily I have not learned a lot, but some explanations have led to a better understanding of the features.
What I would like to see (and I don't see it in the proposed contents) is an explanation of how the various browsers differ. I know this is a moving target but even a "generic" discussion would be helpful.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend