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The 3rd annual online, live web performance & optimization conference

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in for an all-new, one-day only online conference, the Web Performance Summit 2012! Bring the experts to your desktop August 29th from 9AM to 4PM (CT).

Don't miss this great event and purchase your tickets now!

August 29, 2012 \\ 9AM to 4PM CT

(Schedule subject to change)

Web Performance Program Buy In 9am CT

by Billy Hoffman, Founder and CEO of Zoompf

I don't have to convince you to adopt a web performance program.

But how do you get buy-in from the different groups inside your company who aren't here at this conference? Marketing, Dev, QA, Product Management, and Ops all differ in goals, focus, and resources.

This talk will educate you about how to make your case to each of these groups in a language that they understand and will act favorably upon.

About Billy Hoffman

Billy Hoffman is the founder and CEO of Zoompf, a web performance scanning vendor.

Prior to Zoompf, Billy Hoffman was the lead researcher at web security firm SPI Dynamics and served as the research manager for Hewlett-Packard's Web Security Research Group following Hewlett-Packard's acquisition of SPI in 2007.

Billy's work in the field of web security has been featured in Wired, Make magazine, The Washington Post, Slashdot, and in various other journals and Web sites.

Billy has presented his work internationally at security conferences including RSA, Black Hat, and AJAXWorld, and is also the author of the book Ajax Security, published by Addison Wesley in December 2007.

As Billy conducted web security analysis throughout the globe, he consistently noted that the performance of most websites was suboptimal.

He also noted that this lack of optimization resulted in both poor user experiences and lost revenue for website providers.

Recognizing an opportunity to apply his extensive web development skills in this exciting new area, Billy founded Zoompf to develop technology and services specifically designed to optimize website performance.


Image Optimization 10am CT

by Sergey Chernyshev, Web Technologist

Images are the one of the oldest items on the web--right after HTML--and still so little has changed since we started to use them. That's if you don't count lots of creative talent that went into creating them, so much in fact that it created the web as we know now, rich, shiny and full of marketing potential.

That being said, images on our websites are the largest payload shifted back and forth across the wires of the net taking big part in slowing down pages. Still we can safely assume that we are going to have only more images and they will only grow bigger, along with the screen resolutions on user computers.

If you want to stop slowing down your pages and reducing user experience, it's time to take images seriously and implement image optimization process within your organization!

About Sergey Chernyshev

Sergey Chernyshev is web technologist with background in web development and operations. He's passionate about web performance and local communities, he organizes New York Web Performance Meetup and helps other performance enthusiasts around the world start meetups in their cities.

Sergey is also open source developer and author of a few web performance-related tools including ShowSlow, SVN Assets, drop-in performance .htaccess and more.

His personal web site and blog is located at http://www.sergeychernyshev.com and he also blogs about performance at ShowSlow blog: http://www.showslow.com/blog/.  He tweets at @sergeyche and also runs @perfplanet twitter account where he re-tweets performance-related information from people and companies in web performance industry.


Lo-Dash for a Better Utility Belt 11am CT

by John-David Dalton, Co-Maintainer of jsperf.com

Lo-Dash is a drop-in replacement for Underscore.js delivering performance, bug fixes, and additional features.

Dalton discusses the unconventional way in which Lo-Dash gets its performance boost, dives into its features, and explores some of the extra geeky JS things he learned and implemented while developing Lo-Dash.

About John-David Dalton

I?ve presented at JSConf US+EU 2010, the Web Optimization Summit 2010, JSConf US 2011 (Track B), and Red Dirt JS (2011). I am a 2011 Microsoft MVP award recipient for IE testing, the author of Benchmark.js (benchmarkjs.com) and a co-maintainer of jsperf.com. I?ve also led the charge in assisting and promoting the ES5+ compliance of JS lib ES5 fallbacks/shims.


Don't Break the Mobile Web 1pm CT

by Estelle Weyl, Author of HTML5 and CSS3 in the Real World

Your phone's browser may be more advanced than your computer's browser, but chances are that the phone itself may have similar memory and bandwidth constraints to the computer you threw out or recycled 5 years ago.

While your desktop and mobile users may be using equally modern browsers to access the web, the devices themselves create various constraints that you need to consider.

When it comes to mobile, you always need to think about battery life, latency, memory and UI responsiveness.

In this session we'll discuss best practices to make sure your site's CSS, JS and HTML perform, no matter how your user is accessing your content.

About Estelle Weyl

Estelle Weyl started her professional life in architecture, then managed teen health programs.

In 2000, she took the natural step of becoming a web standardista. She has consulted for Kodakgallery, Yahoo! and Apple, among others.

Estelle shares esoteric tidbits learned while programming CSS, JavaScript and XHTML in her blog at http://evotech.net/blog and provides tutorials and detailed grids of CSS3 and HTML5 browser support in her blog at standardista.com.

She is the author of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for Mobile and HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World. While not coding, she works in construction, de-hippifying her 1960?s throwback abode.


High-Performance Social Plugins 2pm CT

by Stoyan Stefanov, Frontend Engineer

Adding social widgets such as the Like button, Twitter or Google+ buttons helps drive traffic and engagement to your web site. But it does come at the price: more HTTP requests, more JavaScript to parse and execute.

This session shows how you can minimize the cost of including 3rd party code to your pages.

In this session, you'll learn how to use the asynchronous snippets to load third party widgets, whether or not the 3rd party provider advertises it.

You'll also see how you can minimize the code required to include a widget and have their impact on your pages minimal and yielding to your main content.

About Stoyan Stefanov

Stoyan Stefanov is a Facebook engineer. Previously at Yahoo! he was the creator of the smush.it online image optimization tool and architect of YSlow 2.0.

Book author (JavaScript Patterns, Object-Oriented JavaScript), contributor (Even Faster Web Sites, High-Performance JavaScript) and editor (Web Performance Daybook, vol.2), speaker (Velocity, JSConf, Fronteers, Ajax Experience) and a guitar virtuoso wannabe.


Performance Implications of Mobile Web Design 3pm CT

by Guy Podjarny, Web Performance Researcher and Evangelist

Building a good mobile website, spanning different devices, platforms and contexts, is a difficult task.

The need to make that website fast is often overlooked as designers and developers focus on layout and functionality, often resulting with slow and heavy mobile sites.

In this presentation we'll review the top design paradigms for building a mobile website.

We'll briefly explain each approach, touch on the key implementation points, and dig into the primary performance concerns it creates.

We'll also share real world examples, demonstrate what went wrong, and talk about how you can avoid these problems on your own site.

About Guy Podjarny

Guy Podjarny (Guypo), is a web performance researcher and evangelist, constantly chasing the elusive instant web.

Guy focuses heavily on mobile web performance, and regularly digs into the guts of mobile browsers. Guy is also the author of Mobitest, a free mobile measurement tool, and contributes to various open source tools.

Guy was previously the co-founder and CTO of blaze.io, recently acquired by Akamai.


About the Web Performance Summit 2012

High performance sites mean better experiences for visitors and more favorable rankings from Google!

Discover the tools and techniques used every day to optimize some of the biggest, most high-traffic sites on the web.

Learn solutions for everything from optimal scripts and loading patterns to caching and mobile platform considerations.

In-kind Sponsors:

Why attend the online conference?
  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead in the office or with family, friends!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into the material!
  • Ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!
Testimonials from
This conference was a load of fun. I loved the instant feedback from the speakers and the atmosphere.

John-David Dalton
Web Application Developer
& Web Performance Summit Attendee

I love these online conferences. It's convenient and you can still learn a lot from the comfort of your home or at work.

Candi Ligutan
5by5.tv Producer

An absolutely fantastic event. Well done—will definitely be back for more!

Russ Weakley
Chair of Web Standards Group
& CSS Summit Attendee

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Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you'll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example) and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

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