Performance - make your code run faster

Slow web sites, slow servers, slow applications, don’t they annoy you? If that application you're working on right now were an animal, would it be a sloth? Get some insights into how your fellow developers make their application fly. From procrastinating PHP to joyless JavaScript, we’ll show you how to speed it all up on 19th September.


Performance compromises worth making

Cathy Lill @cathyblabla

Often, optimising for performance on the client side can come at the expense of readable, maintainable code. Sometimes performance optimisations in one area can lead to poor user experience in another. This talk will cover a range of tips for getting the most out of client side performance while keeping your code maintainable and your applications beautiful. We'll look at some specific client side code techniques as well as some general tips for structuring your applications to optimise for performance.

Cathy has been building websites for fun and (sometimes) profit since the days when Netscape was a thing. In that time she has worked on big websites at News Digital and Yahoo!7, little websites for her friend's bands and all sorts of stuff in between.  She is currently Senior Javascript Developer at Campaign Monitor


Hubris & humility: building Lisant in a weekend...
three months (so far)

James Sadler @freshtonic

A talk about lessons learned while building Lisant. It will be mostly technical and will cover deployment & scaling and how they (mostly) avoided wasting time on valueless work.  James will also  talk briefly about work/life balance to avoid burnout, something that he and his cofounder managed quite well so far.

James is from the UK and moved here in 2005. He quickly discovered the Sydney Ruby scene and never looked back. These days he also does JS and yearn to write a serious backend project in Go. He’s a full-stack software developer, at home at the front and back ends but sadly lacking design skills.  He spent disproportional amount of time developing ad platforms which is where he learned about scaling things. Right now he’s building Angular.js things at Tabcorp.


Performance in Agile Teams

Pascal Zajac

Lots of teams are now practicing agile methodologies, but can wind up feeling like they're just going through the motions. It can often be hard to identify just where things are going wrong. Pascal will be talking about his team’s experiences, how they identified problems and risks, and advocating for developers to be more involved in contributing to and improving the process their team uses.

Pascal is a team lead and full-stack engineer, specialising in front-end technologies. He’s been working in and leading agile teams for nearly 2 years, delivering projects using client-side MVC and a portal built on Play!


Profiling PHP Apps with XHProf

Tim Massey @_massey

An introduction to profiling apps with the XHProf module including a demo of associated web-based front ends for viewing performance data.

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  • Mark K.

    Hi David, how long does my talk need to be on Mobile ?

    September 25

    • David L.

      Hi Mark, I've emailed you directly :)

      September 25

  • David L.

    The video for "Performance compromises worth making" is also available:­

    September 25

  • David L.

    We've got a couple of the videos from this meet up on YouTube: Performance in Agile Teams:­
    Profiling PHP Apps with XHProf:­

    We should have the others available very soon :)

    September 25

  • Tim M.

    Here are my slides from last night. Profiling with Xhprof­

    1 · September 20

  • Rodrigo Dos S.

    Great. Can't wait for the next one.

    September 20

  • Akash V.

    Good one :)

    September 19

  • Dex

    Good meetup, I'll go there again. Good range of speakers. Thx

    1 · September 19

  • Aloke B.

    Look forward to meet & greet

    September 19

  • Jimmy


    1 · September 19

  • Patrick C.

    Sounds like a useful event... who doesn't want their code running faster? ;)

    1 · September 4, 2013

    • David L.

      I was once asked to slow an application down so we could put advertising on the loading screen :P

      September 4, 2013

  • David L.

    Interesting article by Steve Souders on this very subject :)­

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • David L.

    If you're a performance savvy developer who'd like to present at our next meetup send me a message ASAP. We've had one of the spots open up, and it's got your name written all over it :)

    August 15, 2013

  • mikemd

    nice to see this!

    tips on keeping ram usage under control (both server and client side) might be good!

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Gordon S.

    Needing more performance out of IE7

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Gordon S.

    I'm keen to learn more about performance. Currently having trouble with a "fisheye" animation over lots of LI's full of DIV's and text.

    August 6, 2013

  • Pete F.

    I'm a developer and a have had a few of my own startups. Front-end, back-end, a few different languages, and currently engaged in machine learning

    July 30, 2013

  • Raj Wilson D.

    Will be my first time. Glad to join this meetup.

    2 · July 22, 2013

  • David L.

    If you're keen to present at the Performance meetup, be sure to let us know.

    If it's your first time presenting in public, don't be afraid, you can occupy one of our lightning talk spots... how bad could 5 minutes be? :)

    1 · July 3, 2013

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