Beware of PerformanceTiming.domInteractive

The web is more complex now than ever before. Web pages today contain hundreds of objects—images, stylesheets, and JavaScript; not to mention a lot of slow loading third-party scripts—that all need to load before users can fully enjoy their web browsing experience. However, the more objects we add to...

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Measuring the Performance of Firefox Quantum with RUM

On Nov 14th, Mozilla released Firefox Quantum. On launch day, I personally felt that the new version was rendering pages faster and I heard anecdotal reports indicating the same. There have also been a few benchmarks which seem to show that this latest Firefox version is getting content to...

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How-To: Replaying Cellular Network Characteristics on Cloud Infrastructure

As researchers of web performance, we’ve always wanted to measure the quality of experience for loading web pages from the perspective of our users. Today, Real User Monitoring (RUM) systems allow web developers to utilize the browser-exposed Navigation and Resource Timing APIs through JavaScript injected into the HTML. Although...

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A Best Practice for the Cyber Monday Traffic Avalanche

Black Friday is traditionally when many businesses have their accounting sheets go from red to black, hence the black of Black Friday. But for online businesses, it’s all about Cyber Monday. Last year, Cyber Monday became the biggest U.S. online shopping day ever, with close to 2.67 billion U.S....

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Achieve Reliability and Control Over the Cloud With Application Load Balancer

This is one in a series of posts following up on our announcements from the Developer Zone at Edge 2017. For a complete review of Edge, see our recap page. Akamai’s new Application Load Balancer—one of our Cloudlet applications that was a big hit in the Developer Zone at...

Categories: DevOps, Edge '17 Highlights, Technology