Sunday, 18 May 2008

Google Mail & The Need for Speed

Google's official Gmail Blog had an excellent post last week about the steps they took in finding ways to decrease load times of Gmail it self. Using several public tools, plus a plethora of their own, they began scanning the HTTP transactions from the moment a user logs in.

After the analysis was complete they found where the program could be enhanced further and did so quickly.

If you are looking for a starting point to tuning up your Web 2.0 application, this is an excellent read.

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2008/05/need-for-speed-path-to-faster-loading.html

In a previous life I clearly recall using all of the tools mentioned in the blog post as well as few other not mentioned to do exactly this. It's pretty amazing what you can trim/cut/slash/rebuild in order to squeeze every last drop of performance out.

A couple of tools I have used that are not mentioned include:

Firebug is an excellent tool on its own, but when you couple Yahoo's tool to it - all the better.

livehttpheaders is another great, Firefox based tool.

There is another excellent, Java based tool but for the life of me right now I can't recall the name.

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