Jeremy Wagner’s Web Performance in Action: Building Faster Web Pages Book

Web Performance in ActionHello everyone! Happy Wednesday! Our featured author today wrote Web Performance in Action: Building Faster Web Pages Book, his name is Jeremy Wagner. His book, Web Performance in Action: Building Faster Web Pages Book is one of the best selling books in Computer and Technology category, and in top books in Web Services , Testing and Programming and App Development sub-categories. He has over ten years of experience in front-end web development working in various agencies as well as in large companies.

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GET TO KNOW THE AUTHOR

Web Performance in ActionName: Jeremy Wagner

Background: Web developer, performance engineer, sometimes illustrator.

Favorite gadget: Besides my laptop? Any guitar pedal, really. But I really stuff like analog delays and chorus pedals!

Hobbies: Illustration, playing guitar, and running (when I can fit any of them in).

 INTERVIEW

What is your book about, and why should our readers read it?

Web Performance in Action is a guide for making web sites faster. There’s a lot of compelling reasons to be excited about web performance. The most compelling of which, in my view, is that making sites faster for users enables you to better reach the goals you had in mind for them. It’s also an act of compassion toward the user. Faster sites are more adaptable across the spectrum of infrastructure quality. When sites perform well even on slow networks, they’re more accessible for everyone everywhere.

What, in your opinion, is the current most exciting technological advancement and why?

For me, it’s been the rapid pace of how CSS and JavaScript is evolving. CSS grid is especially notable. As more browsers adopt it, we’ll be able to shed even more of the overhead that exists in the form of CSS frameworks, which prioritize the convenience of the developer over the user experience. I’ve also been playing a lot with Webpack, which has forced me to up my JavaScript game.

What inspired you to write your book?

Watching people speak about technology! I was considering quitting web development altogether until I went to a big developer’s conference. I got to see all of these incredibly knowledgeable people talk passionately on subjects they cared deeply about, and it spurred me to care about development again. After I returned home, I attended and spoke at local code camps. I eventually started contacting publishing companies to write a book, and Manning was interested. The rest just sort of followed after that!

If there’s one chapter in your book people should have read, which one should it be, and why?

That’s a tough one. I tried to place equal importance on the content of each chapter, but if I had to pick one, it would be chapter 6, which is a simple how-to guide for optimizing images. Images are often the bulk of any web page, so slimming those assets down can be beneficial, especially to users on very slow connections.

As an author, which book made the most impact on you?

That would have to be High Performance Web Sites by Steve Souders. His text on this topic was what made me care about performance in the first place.

If there’s one subject you’d like to see a book about, what would it be?

Because I’ve been tinkering around with Webpack a bit lately, I’d like to see a book written about how it works under the hood. It’s one thing to read the docs, but a guided tour through the guts of it from a recognized expert would be a real treat, I think.

What would you like to ask the next author being interviewed?

Is web performance a key concern of yours, and if so, what are your methods for quantifying and improving it?

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