Archive for December, 2008

So you think you know website optimisation ???

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Steve Sounders has put up the test for his stanford class on website optimisation.

There are some really challenging questions in there.

Why were ETags introduced in HTTP/1.1?
What are four techniques for reducing cookie weight?
List five techniques for making selector matching faster.
Why do ETags (with the default Apache and IIS syntax) degrade performance with regard
to proxy caching?

Kudos to Steve for pushing the boundaries of our field. Its time that optimisation was baked in by default and every web developer knew the fundamentals! That starts by teaching the students of the future.

Summer of Code videos up on Blip TV

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

ProjectX is heavily involved with Summer of Code and we’ve just release a number of videos on blip tv

The videos are featuring:
John Clegg – Ready, Set Code
Peter Watling – Introduction to iPhone development
Douglas Talbot – Introduction to Agile Programming
Nat Torkington – Somthing I wish people had told me…

Xlinks digest – 02 / 12 / 2008

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Xlinks is a collection of interesting links as discovered by the ProjectX team.

    Streetview arrives in NZ
    Added on 12/02/2008 at 08:04AM
    How Google’s ear hears
    Added on 12/01/2008 at 07:04PM
    Super happy dev house is on this week
    Added on 12/01/2008 at 06:54PM

    Life magzine photo archive on Google
    Added on 12/01/2008 at 06:47PM

    A more useful 404
    Added on 12/01/2008 at 06:42PM

    The size of Africa
    Added on 12/01/2008 at 06:42PM

    The commoditisation of massive data analysis
    Added on 12/01/2008 at 06:40PM

    Splitting up founders pie
    Added on 12/01/2008 at 06:35PM

    Tech crunchs new search engine powered by Yahoo Boss
    Added on 12/01/2008 at 06:32PM

    Warren Buffet – 10 ways to get rich
    Added on 12/01/2008 at 06:30PM

    NY Times visualisation lab
    Added on 12/01/2008 at 06:28PM

    Mapping the worlds supercomputers
    Added on 12/01/2008 at 06:25PM

    Easing the path from design to development
    Added on 12/01/2008 at 06:24PM

    Amazon’s cloudfront – global load balancing
    Added on 12/01/2008 at 06:23PM

    Silicon Welly HQ
    Added on 11/29/2008 at 04:12PM

    Meer Meer – Cross browser testing through one browser
    Added on 11/26/2008 at 08:36AM

    Billionaire lessons from Malcolm Gladwell
    Added on 11/20/2008 at 09:05AM

    The Food Miles Mistake – Saving the planet by eating New Zealand apples
    Added on 11/20/2008 at 09:00AM

    Web Sequence Diagrams – basic UML: Awesome – Hat tip to David Preece
    Added on 11/18/2008 at 02:52PM

    WPA-TKIP broken almost
    Added on 11/15/2008 at 11:39PM

    iPhone top phone in US 3rd quarter 2008
    Added on 11/12/2008 at 12:25AM

5 reasons why Smaps rocked our world

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Here’s  five reasons on why Smaps rocked our world –

  1. Smaps was designed to be simple and intuitive.
  2. Smaps is blazzingly fast. We worked really really hard at making the predictive search fast and it paid off.
  3. Smaps was built to scale. The site has been running off only a few servers and managed to handle peak traffic of over 65K users in one day. (This happened on the day Smaps was mentioned in the Trade Me newsletter.)
  4. Smaps was built on an open source stack – ruby on rails, postgres, apache / lighttpd running on windows and later ubuntu.
  5. Trade Me backed a small team – ProjectX and we prove together could build world class technology from Wellington.