High Performance Browser Networking: What every web developer should know about networking and web performance

High Performance Browser Networking: What every web developer should know about networking and web performance
By Ilya Grigorik

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How prepared are you to build fast and efficient web applications? This eloquent book provides what every web developer should know about the network, from fundamental limitations that affect performance to major innovations for building even more powerful browser applications--including HTTP 2.0 and XHR improvements, Server-Sent Events (SSE), WebSocket, and WebRTC.

Author Ilya Grigorik, a web performance engineer at Google, demonstrates performance optimization best practices for TCP, UDP, and TLS protocols, and explains unique wireless and mobile network optimization requirements. You'll then dive into performance characteristics of technologies such as HTTP 2.0, client-side network scripting with XHR, real-time streaming with SSE and WebSocket, and P2P communication with WebRTC.
  • Deliver optimal TCP, UDP, and TLS performance
  • Optimize network delivery over 3G/4G mobile networks
  • Develop fast and energy-efficient mobile applications
  • Address bottlenecks in HTTP 1.x and other browser protocols
  • Plan for and deliver the best HTTP 2.0 performance
  • Enable efficient real-time streaming in the browser
  • Create efficient peer-to-peer videoconferencing and low-latency applications with real-time WebRTC transports

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #214530 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: O'Reilly Media
  • Published on: 2013-09-30
  • Released on: 2013-09-30
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.19" h x .81" w x 7.00" l, 1.43 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 400 pages


  • Used Book in Good Condition

Editorial Reviews

"This book is required reading for anyone who cares about web performance; it's already established as the go-to reference on the topic." -- Mark Nottingham (IETF HTTPbis Working Group Chair)

From the Author
Our goal is to cover what every developer should know about the network: what protocols are being used and their inherent limitations, how to best optimize your applications for the underlying network, and what networking capabilities the browser offers and when to use them.

In the process, we will look at the internals of TCP, UDP, and TLS protocols, and how to optimize our applications and infrastructure for each one. Then we'll take a deep dive into how the wireless and mobile networks work under the hood--this radio thing, it's very different--and discuss its implications for how we design and architect our applications. Finally, we will dissect how the HTTP protocol works under the hood and investigate the many new and exciting networking capabilities in the browser:

  • Upcoming HTTP 2.0 improvements
  • New XHR features and capabilities
  • Data streaming with Server-Sent Events
  • Bidirectional communication with WebSocket
  • Peer-to-peer video and audio communication with WebRTC
  • Peer-to-peer data exchange with DataChannel
Understanding how the individual bits are delivered, and the properties of each transport and protocol in use are essential knowledge for delivering high-performance applications. After all, if our applications are blocked waiting on the network, then no amount of rendering, JavaScript, or any other form of optimization will help! Our goal is to eliminate this wait time by getting the best possible performance from the network.

High-Performance Browser Networking will be of interest to anyone interested in optimizing the delivery and performance of her applications, and more generally, curious minds that are not satisfied with a simple checklist but want to know how the browser and the underlying protocols actually work under the hood. The "how" and the "why" go hand in hand: we'll cover practical advice about configuration and architecture, and we'll also explore the trade-offs and the underlying reasons for each optimization.

About the Author

Ilya Grigorik is a a web performance engineer and developer advocate at Google where he works to make the web faster by building and driving adoption of performance best practices at Google, and beyond.

Customer Reviews

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5A great resource on network performance
By J. Herbert
A great resource on network performance, covering not only the recent technologies but also drilling in some of the basics which are frustratingly so often not considered or not understood.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Thank you Ilya! We didn't expect that such simple ...
By Yuri Stsepaniuk
Thank you Ilya! We didn't expect that such simple topic is so vast. Really thank you for such professional content, we based small course in Belorussian State University on your book! Appreciate!

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Smart, well written, and insightful
By Kenneth Snyder
I expected that this book might have some gems in it but I was unprepared for just how many gems there were. Wow. Ilya clearly knows the topical area incredibly well and he also knows how to bring the message out in very effective manner. Great book for anyone who is building networked applications. I learned a lot reading it and enjoyed the learning process.

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