CACM article: High Performance Web Sites

December 15, 2008 11:28 pm | 2 Comments

Last summer I attended the ACM Awards Banquet. (I talked about this in my blog post about how Women are Geeks (too!).) Out of that came a request for me to write an article on web performance. The article is called “High Performance Web Sites”. [gasp!] It’s a review of the rules from my first book, plus a preview of the first three rules from my next book. The article came out last week in two of the ACM’s magazines: Communications of the ACM and Queue.

Communications of the ACM (CACM) is their flagship publication. It’s been around for more than 50 years with an audience of 85,000 readers. It’s a hardcopy magazine, so the link above is a preview copy of my article. There are other versions including HTML and PDF.

Queue is ACM’s online magazine focusing on software development. The issue of Queue containing my article is about Scalable Web Services. Other articles include:

(I didn’t realize I was going to be in with such heavy company.) I’m happy with this article – it’s short, but provides a good overview of my performance best practices and has a bit of evangelism at the close. Give it a read and recommend it to any colleagues who are entering the performance arena.

2 Responses to CACM article: High Performance Web Sites

  1. Steven,
    Great article! I’ll be sharing this with a bunch of folks. I’ve already posted to it on my new startup’s blog at

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on our new business. We built the world’s first load testing service that actually uses real browser instances to play back load. Our theory is that as web apps become more advanced, testing externally and using real browsers to drive load is going to become much more important.

    Plus, it’s cool to be able to command 5000 Firefox instances at will :)


  2. I read your article, and it was awesome! Thanks for putting a summary out there in the wider world. It has helped a lot in our research group.