Performance is a Journey not a Destination!
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    How to Improve the Resource Timing API Posted on January 8th, 2015 by Ryan Pellette

    Getting visibility into webpage performance as experienced by the end user is key to any company. Over the last couple of years the amount of Real User Measurement methods and tools available to DevOps teams has skyrocketed to meet this demand. However, the key method we all rely on to collect the data, the Navigation […]

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    When Measuring Performance Causes Performance Problems Posted on October 27th, 2014 by Craig Lowell

    Can you put the cork back in a champagne bottle after it’s been popped? Back in July, the DevOps world rejoiced when Apple finally built a Navigation Timing API into Safari, first in the beta release of iOS 8, and then in the public release which came a couple months later. Naturally, we popped that […]

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    How to Test Your Site in October for Holiday Shopping Traffic Posted on October 8th, 2014 by Ryan Pellette

    October is here, and most eCommerce sites have completed the code changes in preparation for the holiday shopping season, so now is the time to test their websites. Here is what some great companies are doing to ensure that their apps and sites are ready to handle the increased traffic of the upcoming eCommerce season. […]

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    Navigation Timing Now Supported in Safari Posted on July 25th, 2014 by Craig Lowell

    As loyal followers of the Catchpoint blog are aware, we have been leading the charge for quite some time (a year ago to the day, to be exact) for Apple to release a version of Safari that supports a navigation timing API, even taking the time to create our own petition. Today, our quest […]

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    RUM Vs. Synthetic Data Analysis Posted on October 5th, 2013 by Ryan Pellette

    When performing statistical analysis on aggregations, it is very important to understand its subsets. This is especially true when interpreting RUM data aggregated across multiple regions, since an end user’s distance from the datacenter hosting the website impacts the performance of the page on end user’s browser. To illustrate this point, consider the chart below […]

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    Top Shelf vs. Watered-Down RUM Posted on August 5th, 2013 by Ryan Pellette

    Last week we asked our readers to sign a petition requesting Apple to add the Navigation Timing specification on Safari browsers. This week we are detailing the two different methods for Real User Measurement and why using Navigation Timing is crucial for accurate metrics. Real User Measurement (RUM) is a method of capturing performance metrics […]

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    Apple: Please Support Navigation Timing API in Safari Posted on July 25th, 2013 by Mehdi Daoudi

    Today many websites leverage Real User Measurement (RUM) technologies to measure and optimize user experience. The primary method to collect the data is based on the Navigation Timing API spec from W3C. The API allows browsers to pass to website developers accurate timings for key milestones of loading a webpage. The specification has been adopted by all browser […]

  • Why We Expect Fast Websites: Sex, Drugs, Reward and Fast Pages (Part II) Posted on September 19th, 2012 by Devan Gotowka

    Last week we brought up the question, “How did end users learn to expect fast websites?” We covered how Pavlov discovered Conditioning through experiments with his dog, which left us wondering; perhaps humans are conditioned to expect instant web gratification. Of Rats and Dopamine Almost 100 years after Pavlov, Wolfram Schultz, now at Cambridge, stuck probes […]

  • Why We Expect Fast Websites: The Drooling Dog and You (Part I) Posted on September 11th, 2012 by Devan Gotowka

      By now everyone is familiar with the mantra ‘web performance and customer satisfaction/revenue generation go hand in hand.’ End users now expect fast websites and will abandon yours if it is perceived to be slow. Earlier this year, The NYT published an article stating that 250 ms is now the magical distinguishing number for […]

  • Chrome 15 Browser Takes the Lead in November – Rules At Home Posted on December 16th, 2011 by Catchpoint Systems

      According to StatCounter’s final data for the month of November, Chrome 15 (23.6%) fought all the way to the top in the last week and squeaked by IE8 as the world’s most popular browser (23.5%)! Last time we checked in with Chrome 15, it was pulling ahead of Firefox for the number 2 position. […]

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