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Performance, performance & testing

It's always a good time to care about performance, and the new year is a great opportunity to focus on building our apps responsibly.

We're really excited to have Andy Davies coming to Oxford for this meetup. Andy is a web performance geek, in his day job he's Associate Director for Web Performance at NCC Group where he helps clients to measure and improve the performance of their sites. 

He wrote the “The Pocket Guide to Web Performance” for Five Simple Steps and is a co-author of "Using WebPageTest" due to be published by O'Reilly in 2015.

We've also got some Oxford locals, and Tom Nickson's talk on compiling C++ into JavaScript is particularly interesting. Tom's doing a DPhil in machine learning, and has been doing some awesome things with emscripten. 

Also, if you've ever had to test something in a crazy way, you'll be able to relate to Ryan's talk on testing.

Andy Davies – Whoosh - Speed Matters!

Great user experiences lead to more effective sites that have increased levels of engagement and revenue. Performance is an essential part of good user experience but all to often it get's pushed down the list of priorities.

In this talk Andy will explore why performance matters, how we can police performance and how the fundamentals of our medium influence the speed of our sites.

Tom Nickson – From C++ to JavaScript with Emscripten

Description coming soon.  

Ryan Brooks – The most convoluted JavaScript testing framework?

Ryan wants to talk about an abomination he built to test JavaScript running on the Rhino JavaScript engine, and how an optimistic "of course you can test that, it's just JavaScript" led to a rabbit hole and lost sleep.

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  • PJohnston

    Really thought provoking talk on how JS as implemented by many popular tools actually slows your website down, potentially costing your company up to 10% of sales. It changed my thinking. Excellent.

    January 23, 2015

  • Ben F.

    Thanks a lot to everyone who came along last night. Was a really enjoyable evening.

    Totally great talks from Andy and Tom too.


    Andy -

    Tom -

    January 23, 2015

  • Rich

    Sweet meet tonight, my first in proper yonks.

    Good talks and general chatter tonight: I got leads to the Crossfilter and asm.js libraries, got a steer to CoderDojo Oxford, and learned a bit about performance. Concatenating, minifying, CDN-ing, and watching $scope usage is about as deep as I go in that regard: so much to learn!

    Cya next month when The Brooks will be back in the house!


    1 · January 22, 2015

  • Ben F.

    Unfortunately Ryan is ill - so we're going to hear about his testing at a future meetup. We've still got plenty of awesome stuff tonight - see you all in a few hours!

    January 22, 2015

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