Chapter 2. Improving Client Download and Rendering Performance

In the previous chapter, you learned how to measure response time and determine how a web page would respond during different traffic loads, using the tools Apache Benchmark (ab) and Siege. With these results, you could determine if your web server could serve sufficient amount of pages while under duress and determine how fast (or slow) the response would be. If only life were this easy and everyone used a terminal to view a web page, we could retain these results and skip this chapter. Unfortunately, reality is much more complicated than that, and it comes in the form of a web browser. You will now focus on the initial component, and a key component to any online PHP application, ...

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