Summary: increase your loading speed
★★★★ This book from O’Reilly (2007) is by Steve Souders. Souders is the chief performance guru at Yahoo! and knows how to make a web site display more quickly.
This isn’t the type of book you would use as a class text. However, its a useful reference. It is billed as “Essential Knowledge for Frontend Engineers” but any web site owner can benefit from the 14 “rules” Souders provides for faster download speed.
A sampling of the 14 steps Souders suggests inlcude making fewer HTTP requests, gzipping components, putting scripts at the bottom, avoiding redirects, and making Ajax cacheable.
The final chapter of the book deconstructs 10 top sites. This includes such high traffic destinations as Amazon, eBay, and MySpace. A very interesting chapter.