Guest post on High Scalability

by on May 24, 2012

I’ve been a long time fan and reader of High Scalability, a blog about building bigger, faster, more reliable websites. It’s a great resource for anyone who cares about building websites at scale.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of writing a guest post for them titled, Averages, Web Performance Data, And How Your Analytics Product Is Lying To You. I wrote about the importance of looking beyond averages when looking at your performance data. I also talked about the importance of using Real User Measurement to make sure the numbers you are looking at are accurate.

For people who care about performance, it’s important to use a RUM product that gives you a complete view into what’s going on. You should be able to see a histogram of the loading times for every visitor to your site. You should be able to see your median load time, your 99th percentile and lots of other key metrics that are far more actionable than just looking at an average.

You can read the full article here.

What I’ve been working on lately: Torbit Insight

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by Josh Fraser on November 6, 2011

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by Josh Fraser on September 28, 2011

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O’Reilly interview about Torbit

by Josh Fraser on July 18, 2011

I recently attended and spoke at the Velocity Conference. While I was there, Mac Slocum grabbed me and we spent a few minutes talking about mobile performance. Mac is the Online Managing Editor for O'Reilly and it was fun to get to share some of the ...

Live every minute that you have

by Josh Fraser on July 17, 2011

I've been thinking again recently about what I want to accomplish with my life. I have a few specific goals. I want to see the world from outer space. I want to build a school in a third world country. I want to build a product that touches 1% or ...