Make it Faster, Make it Badder, Make it Awesome

  • April 19, 2012 · 6:30 PM

Doors open at 6:30pm for refreshments and networking. Talk starts at 7.

About the presentation: It’s important for websites to be fast. Faster websites mean happier users, higher Google rankings, and better conversion rates. But how do you make that happen?

In this talk, we’ll discuss a variety ways that you can improve a website’s performance. We’ll cover how web browsers load and cache files, and how you can account for that behavior. We’ll discuss tools that let you load JavaScript more quickly, cut down your images, and whip bloated WordPress installations into shape. We’ll also discuss some simple ways to keep JavaScript code humming along.

Finally, we’ll discuss the benefits and challenges that come with new technologies such as icon fonts and responsive design. We’ll cover tips you can use now, as well as what you can look forward to as the web evolves.

(My apologies to Duff Goldman for borrowing his slogan from "Ace of Cakes.")

About the speaker: Ryan DeBeasi is a front-end developer at 352 Media Group. He loves concise language, elegant design, and jazz. You can view his portfolio at http://ryandebeasi.com/ or follow him at @RyanDeBeasi.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From 400 South/I-85 Southbound:
Take exit 84 for 17th St toward 14th St/10th St. Follow signs to 14th St. Make left onto 14th St NW. Turn left at Peachtree St NE. NOTE: Promenade II Building is on the left side right across from the Four Seasons (bronze-colored building). We're on the 22nd floor.

From I-75 Southbound:
Take exit 250 for 16th St toward 14th St/10th St. Follow signs to 14th St. Make left onto 14th St NW. Turn left at Peachtree St NE. Promenade II Building is on the left side right across from the Four Seasons (bronze-colored building). We're on the 22nd floor.

From Airport/I-85 Northbound:
Take exit 250 toward Tenth St/Fourteenth St/Georgia Tech. Merge onto Williams St NW. Make right onto 14th St NW. Turn left at Peachtree St NE. Promenade II Building is on the left side right across from the Four Seasons (bronze-colored building). We're on the 22nd floor.

MARTA:
We're off the Arts Station Stop. Walk up 15th Street. Promenade II Building is on the right side across from the Arts Center Building. We're on the 22nd floor.

EVENT PARKING Parking lots are plentiful:

  • Lot between Mariott and Four Seasons on 14th Street (entrance on right).
  • Attached garage next to building (entrance is off 15th Street).
  • Lot on Spring St. between 14th and 13th St (entrance on left of 13th St).
  • Lot on West Peachtree St NW between 16th and 15th St (entrance on left).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone! If you missed the talk, slides and video are online:

    http://ryandebeasi.com/words/faster/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlztNtjuc6g

    May 17, 2012

  • Benjamin

    This was my first meetup and I wasn't disappointed. Ryan gave a very informative talk, packed with useful tips for improving the performance of my projects. Big thanks to Ryan and the HTML5 User Group! I'll be back!

    April 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you! Good experience.

    April 20, 2012

  • Cory J.

    Ryan did an awesome job presenting the material. You can tell that he has a solid understanding of the topic, even with 100+ people watching and questioning him from random angles. I am very happy that I attended this event and I hope that we see him present again in the near future. He's very knowledgeable and communicates advanced topics in a way that is easy to understand!

    April 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed the presentation. I found it helpful and full of great tips and tricks.

    April 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ryan did a great job and the content was entertaining and educational!

    April 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ryan was a great source of bad[ass] information!

    April 20, 2012

  • Michelle S.

    awesome as usual!great crowd, very welcoming and friendly and as usual great presentation!

    April 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    There was some useful information to be sure. However specific examples with a walk through would have been more informative.

    April 20, 2012

  • Patrick B.

    Great meetup, great speaker - the perfect amount of info - not overwhelming with details. A+

    April 20, 2012

  • Jason E.

    Great information. Some new and some I just sorely need to be implementing. Thanks, awesome talk!

    April 20, 2012

  • Abdullah B.

    Awesome talk...hope to hear more from him.

    April 19, 2012

  • Paul H.

    That was a really solid talk with great information! Ryan should take that show on the road.

    1 · April 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wierd, the parking info didn't show up on the mobile site at all. Was at a loss of where to park via my phone. Hrmph! Hope everyone had fun!

    April 19, 2012

  • Cory J.

    Awesome! Nice, useful, and practical presentation. I think we all would like to see Ryan come back again sometime soon. What a wealth of knowledge!

    1 · April 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    "bad" is slang for "good" =) read "badder" as "more bad ass". "bad ass" of course meaning "very awesome" in this context.

    April 19, 2012

  • Logan G.

    Someone should've taken some pictures.

    1 · March 22, 2012

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