Chapter 13. Improving Performance

A lot of web developers are fueled by delusions of grandeur. Sure, I'd like to think that, as a person, I have enough humility to make me a well-rounded and tolerable person in the presence of others. I'd like to think that my ego never gets in the way. But that's probably not entirely true. While I genuinely enjoy web programming as an intellectual challenge, some part of me is probably in this whole career field for the thrill of victory. For that moment when a project I've been hard at work on catches on in the collective minds of the world, and suddenly we're popping the bubbly and celebrating like kings of the world.

The first massive web project I ever worked on was started when I was very wet behind the ...

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