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Google has already started to help Web publishers test their sites for stragglers with a Firefox plug-in called PageSpeed, something that Yahoo has also done with YSlow.
In addition to the focus on modernizing protocols through its work on HTML 5, Google also plans to devote a section of this new page calling on governments around the world to improve access to broadband Internet connections.
a daily impact of 0.5% is of real consequence at the scale of Google web search, or indeed at the scale of most Internet sites
for me, one important issue that this research unconvered is that even delays under 0.5 second had a CUMULATIVE effect on the end user, deterring them from using the site as frequently.
Broadband made a lot of developers lazy - but as far as I'm concerned speed always was a secret weapon and it still is worth getting obsessive about.
Webmasters looking for ways to speed up page loading times now have a host of tips and tricks to peruse as Google has launched a new website designed to emphasise the importance of speed on the web, said Richard Rabbat, a product manager at Google.
...Google has already started to help web publishers test their sites for stragglers with a Firefox plug-in called PageSpeed, something that Yahoo! has also done with YSlow.
Link to article on CNET News below:
[edited by: tedster at 6:55 pm (utc) on June 25, 2009]
There's an introductory video where several Google engineers share the vision of a speedier future - and then the real goodies come from two links on the left:
There's really a treasure chest of information and tools here. I've only begun to explore it.
I know what you mean - but sometimes I need a kick in the pants to remind me to get back to basics. This speed information has done just that for me.
I also noticed that Google's "Page Speed" plug-in for Firefox was just updated, too. I'll have to figure out what's new.
Once you know your software well you can optimize it a great deal but how many people bother? I'd like to see more emphasis placed on this at the software development stage instead of relying on the end user.
[edited by: JS_Harris at 10:56 am (utc) on June 27, 2009]
im ashamed to say that as a php developer i didnt know simple things like the difference between using double and single quotes for strings; the former looks for variables and replaces them with their value, the latter does not and thus uses less memory.
i havent come across a single book, tutorial or blog that pointed this out - thank you google.
But don't be ashamed, it is merely discovering/knowing your resources and you are correct, Google has provided yet another resource for us.