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Alois Reitbauer

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In my last article I discussed benchmarking as the first use case for Web Performance Optimization (WPO). This time I will take a closer look at optimization. After we have discovered how our site behaves compared to our competition – or any reference we might want to benchmark against – we want to learn how to improve our user experience. We will therefore have a look at different approaches towards optimization. Best-Practice-Based Optimization Fortunately there are lots of best practices on how to optimize the performance of web applications. Yahoo and Google - and also dynaTrace - provide great information against which rules you should check your web site These rules are also supported by tools like PageSpeed and YSlow and dynaTrace Ajax Edtion. For an Ajax and JavaScript heavy website we additionally want to verify our web pages against server-side and JavaScr... (more)

Web Performance Optimization Use Cases - Part 4

In this edition of our WPO Use Case series I discuss another very important use case. Load Time Optimization is most likely the most vital use case from an end user perspective. At the same time it is also highly important from a business perspective as studies by ShopZilla or Google and Bing show that load times have immediate effects on user behavior. The higher the load, the less end users are interested in interacting with the page. Load time therefore has a direct relationship to user acceptance and also business goals. The goal of optimizing load times is to show relevant ... (more)

A Step-by-Step Guide to dynaTrace AJAX Edition

  The dynaTrace AJAX Edition has been out there as an Alpha for a couple of weeks. It gave you the first impression what was to come. All the feedback we have received (like that from Steve Souders, and all that has come in via the contact form and the online forum) in that time made it possible to improve the tool from its early versions to its first "official" release version. In this article I'll discuss why dynaTrace Labs built the AJAX Edition, which problems it solves and how to use it in an example with Google maps. Why dynaTrace AJAX dition - and why for free? At dynaTrace... (more)

Applying Maslow’s Pyramid to Application Performance

This time I take an a bit of an unconventional approach towards defining performance management. The idea for this article came through a number of customer engagements, where the same question came up over and over again: “How do we start with Application Performance Management and what should we do?” Over time I developed a simple model which I called the performance management pyramid. The basic idea is to assign performance management activities to several levels. Each level serves a specific need and builds on top of the lower ones. Just like a building it starts with the b... (more)

Building Your Own Amazon CloudWatch Monitor in Five Steps

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Amazon EC2 offers the CloudWatch service to monitor cloud instances as well as load balancers. While this service comes at some cost (0,015$/hour/instance) it offers useful infrastructure metrics about the performance of your EC2 infrastructure. While there are commercial and free tools out there which provide this service, you might not want to invest in them or add another tool to your monitoring infrastructure. This post will provide step-by-step guidance on how to extend your monitoring solution to retrieve cloud metrics. The code sample is based on t... (more)