O’Reilly Velocity Conference NYC Recap
By Jennifer Leong, ARO Evangelist
Performance tuning on the East Coast is alive and well! O’Reilly hosts their Velocity conference several times a year in locations all over the globe. Their East Coast conference took place September 15-17 in New York City. Even though it’s not necessarily the largest conference (about 900 attendees), everyone attending is a technical decision maker or implementer, and the conference is chock-full of technical know-how as well as practical implementation advice, all centered around web operations and performance.
I was there to give a presentation about optimizing application performance for real-world, global network conditions. Most application developers in the Western world live in a bubble of superfast, always-on network connections and high-end handsets. Did you know that 4G penetration in Africa is going to only be 4% by 2017? It really pays to think about limited bandwidth, and increased latency when going global with your mobile application. A big part of the solution is testing under non-ideal conditions with network conditioning tools like our Network Attenuator and getting your network usage profile via ARO. Audience members gave me positive feedback about the talk, which told me two things: the web performance community has a lot of supportive members, and the next time we’re giving this talk, on Flexibly Network Aware apps, you should check it out.
A personal favorite moment of mine was doing some research about the <picture> tag in the morning, only to discover a talk by Yoav Weiss, the implementor of the picture tag, in the afternoon. It was great to hear the story about how a couple of concerned outsiders worked within and outside the regular standards track to get a good thing done.
All in all, it was another engaging, well-run Velocity conference. ooking forward to the next one, so I can keep up-to-date on web performance!