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"Don't touch that please, your primitive intellect wouldn't understand things with alloys and compositions and things with... molecular structures." Ash, Army of Darkness

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Ed Brill
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Joe Litton
Julian Robichaux
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Phil Randolph
Philip Storry
Richard Schwartz
Rocky Oliver
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Last two sessions today
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
The Application Performance Optimization (AD206) session was, as the speakers said, more as a session-prep to the BP302 course. The last slide was a conclusion of what they talked about which was...
  • Performance is mostly about user perception.

  • Use good programming techniques.

  • Load and test the application as if it was in production.

  • Identify and isolate high impact areas.

  • Performance is also about consistency in response time.

The last one I went to today was Code for Speed, or Code for Easier Reading: You Make the Call!

John Wargo & Rocky Oliver were the speakers for the session. Very good session where Rocky (a little bit country) discussed coding for easier reading and John (a little bit rock 'n' roll) discussed coding for speed. Both agreed that ideally a combination of both was the way to code.

This is the first session this year I've attended where Rocky was speaking but he has such enthusiasm when he speaks (and he was sick today!) that he could make just about anything interesting.
posted by David Jones @ 4:37 PM  
  • At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Hon Wong said…


    I happened to catch your post on application performance optimization, and was struck by how common QA techniques fail to follow them.

    For example, according to the slide you quote, performance is about user perception. If that's the case, then the ideal approach is to measure performance from the end-user's perspective, either in production or a production-like setting, with tools that can identify the high-impact areas and measure the consistency of response time.

    It happens to be that A) I write a blog about these topics (, and have a company that provides tools that do just that. If you're ever interested in checking out our stuff, let me know, and I'll have our team set you up.

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