» Book Review: Exit West
20/02/18 08:45 from TimKadlec.com
Exit West focuses on a young couple—Saeed and Nadia—and their life together first in a city overrun by militants. It follows them as they flee and try to find new lives in a world that seems to neither want nor welcome them. It’s n...

» Book Review: A Man Called Ove
16/02/18 04:41 from TimKadlec.com
Reading A Man Called Ove is an awful lot like what it’s like to meet and get to know a person in real life. You start out with your first impression. Ove is a grumpy 59-year-old man. He’s rude and annoyed by pretty much anyth...

» 3 patterns for building a resilient test automation framework
16/02/18 03:00 from TechBeacon - Performance
Many companies find automation difficult. Developing a solid strategy while dealing with the fluid nature of teams is challenging. However, there are ways to make automation that's more immune to changes in code, personnel...

» eCommerce & Retail: There’s No Excuse to Ignore Performance
16/02/18 02:23 from Rigor
As web perfectionists, we have heard every excuse in the book for why teams cannot make web performance a priority. Whether it be time, money, or technical know how, every day we talk to eCommerce and Retail teams who explain why they ar...

» SOC 2 Type II Certification: Our Commitment to Your Security
16/02/18 01:30 from Catchpoint's Blog
We are excited to announce that Catchpoint has successfully completed the Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II certification. This certification provides our customers and partners an ongoing commitment to transparency and unders...

» The Two Faces of AMP
15/02/18 03:01 from TimKadlec.com
The day after AMP was launched, I published a post with a bunch of concerns I had —most notably, that of the incentives being put around building AMP content. This promise of improved distribution for pages using AMP HTML shifts the ince...

» Remote testing teams: How to overcome key challenges
15/02/18 03:00 from TechBeacon - Performance
Software testing is a fascinating career . It requires a combination of technical and business acumen so a tester can understand the ins and outs of the application under test. It demands creativity to determine the best ways to tes...

» Rigor’s Global Monitoring Network Expands with New Locations
15/02/18 01:41 from Rigor
Our globally connected world means that website traffic can come from anywhere at any time. This heightens the importance of tracking performance metrics across regions, especially when you have a geographically diverse user base. With a...

» Big benefits from tiny types: How to make your code's domain concepts explicit
14/02/18 03:00 from TechBeacon - Performance
Primitive code types such as string, integer, and float are tremendously useful for representing data, but the types themselves are uninformative. You must rely on the variable name to know what it means. Normally that's f...

» 5 Reasons to Visit Yottaa at eTail West 2018
14/02/18 00:00 from Yottaa's Site Optimization & Web Performance Blog
Last updated on February 15th, 2018Schedule a Meeting at eTail West: Click here to select a time to meet with Yottaa at Booth #514 Thousands of eCommerce professionals are descending on Palm Springs, CA in two weeks to attend the eTail W...

» Book Review: Lonesome Dove
10/02/18 09:18 from TimKadlec.com
I had heard more than a few friends talk glowingly about Lonesome Dove, a book that ends up at or near the top of any list you’ll ever find of “best western novels”. When I stumbled across Lonesome Dove on a list of boo...

» Tips for Monitoring Single Page Applications Using RUM
10/02/18 03:08 from Catchpoint's Blog
Single page application (SPA) is a web application that has a single HTML page and dynamically updates the views depending on user interaction. SPAs provide a rich user experience with its simplicity; a customer can access the website on...

» The Network Performance Monitors You’ve Probably Overlooked
09/02/18 05:18 from Catchpoint's Blog
When people think of synthetic monitoring outside the firewall they often think of website monitoring or HTTP monitoring. While HTTP is one of the most widely used protocols, there are many other protocols that require synthetic testing ...

» How Rigor Shows Our Customers the Love
09/02/18 02:17 from Rigor
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and while we appreciate any opportunity to consume chocolate, what we really love is our customers! They are the lifeblood of our business and the reason for our success. While flowers and gift...

» 6 Reasons Google AMP is Not Great for eCommerce Websites
09/02/18 00:00 from Yottaa's Site Optimization & Web Performance Blog
Coming out of the holidays, conversion rates on mobile devices are still trailing conversion rates on desktop. Slow mobile page load times are the biggest culprit. As a result, many retailers are looking for new ways to make their mobile...

» Catch more bugs: How to produce unit tests in real time
08/02/18 03:00 from TechBeacon - Performance
We all know that  unit tests are important. They're the gold standard of automated testing, being the cheapest and fastest to create and run. And yet testers still find bugs. Even with 100% unit test coverage, there may be some arra...

» Saving Links to My Site With a Bookmarklet
07/02/18 05:56 from TimKadlec.com
I started using my site to post bookmarks late in 2016, but I didn’t do it often. I never sat down and took the time to create a nice publishing workflow for bookmarks, so the process was clunky and cumbersome. Anytime I needed to ...

» Book Review: Technically Wrong
06/02/18 04:07 from TimKadlec.com
Last year I read “Fifty Inventions That Shaped The Modern Economy” by Tim Hartford. My favorite question that he raised repeatedly was about who benefits from what we build, and more importantly, who loses. So whenever a new ...

» Protecting SaaS Revenue Through SLA Monitoring
03/02/18 06:17 from Catchpoint's Blog
One of the biggest nightmares for any service provider is to find themselves in SLA hell due to poor performance. An issue that negatively impacts end users’ experience is inevitably going to have an effect on a company’s business metric...

» How to Get Ready for Google’s Speed Update
03/02/18 03:42 from Rigor
Google recently announced the launch of their Speed Update. This change to how Google ranks websites for searches will now take mobile page speed into account in its ranking algorithm. This announcement is part of a Google’s ongoing effo...

» Integration Spotlight: Communication Tools
02/02/18 09:57 from Catchpoint's Blog
To ensure applications meet customer expectations, many organizations deploy numerous solutions to monitor, alert, analyze, and share information. Finding the best tool for the job often results in several different teams using different...

» Book Review: Designing Interface Animation
02/02/18 07:32 from TimKadlec.com
It has never been easier to build animation into our sites and applications. New standards have emerged enabling us to build animations with a few lines of CSS or JavaScript. But as Val points out in this book, this is a relatively new t...

» Switching to Hugo and Netlify
02/02/18 01:27 from TimKadlec.com
I’ve made a few changes here, but hopefully, most of them went unnoticed. As I mentioned before, I’ve been wanting to invest more in my own site and content again . With so much I want to tackle—implementing WebMentions, synd...

» Super Bowl Advertiser Websites: Running the 3 Second Drill
02/02/18 00:00 from Yottaa's Site Optimization & Web Performance Blog
Here in Boston, the Yottaa team can’t wait for the Super Bowl this weekend. Will Tom Brady defeat Father Time for yet another Super Bowl win? Will we get to see GOAT face again? You can be sure the Patriots are practicing their 2 minute ...

» YOTTAA STORMS INTO 2018 FOLLOWING RECORD-BREAKING 2017 PERFORMANCE
31/01/18 01:00 from Yottaa's Site Optimization & Web Performance Blog
Waltham, MA—January 30, 2018—Yottaa, Inc., the leading SaaS platform for accelerating eCommerce, today announced outstanding results for 2017, including record-breaking revenue and bookings, wins at the largest and most innovative compan...

» Product News: Closing 2017 with 57 New Synthetic Monitoring Nodes
27/01/18 06:24 from Catchpoint's Blog
There are many factors involved in designing and deploying a sound monitoring strategy; monitoring solutions can help you execute that strategy. Making sure they provide the metrics and insight you need to detect and help you identify is...

» New Custom Visualizations for 2018
26/01/18 08:36 from Catchpoint's Blog
One of our key features is the ability to visualize the data any way you want by creating custom visualizations. Our customers have taken the stock visualizations (Grid, GeoChart, World Cloud, etc.) and modified them to meet their own ne...

» Not Fake News: Respecting Your Users’ Time Pays Off
26/01/18 08:18 from Rigor
Change is a constant for digital publishers. From Facebook reworking their News Feed (again) to show fewer posts from publishers to Google’s Speed Update including mobile load time in search rankings, the digital publishing industry has ...

» Book Review: A River in Darkness
26/01/18 02:31 from TimKadlec.com
The story Masaji tells is not one for the faint of heart. Masaji was born in Japan, shortly after World War II. His father was Korean, his mother was Japanese. That simple fact stacked the odds against his family from day one. The Korean...

» Why converting test teams to automation is a challenge
25/01/18 03:00 from TechBeacon - Performance
In 10 years of test automation consulting, I have never seen the successful wholesale transition of a team of testers into automation engineers.  Some approaches for moving toward "test automation first" do work,...

» How Rigor Helps Decrease Load Times and Increase Conversions
20/01/18 06:11 from Rigor
I think we all know what poor website performance looks and feels like. It’s error pages, broken links, and ads that take over the whole screen. It feels frustrating, annoying, confusing, and makes browsing a burden rather than a pleasur...

» Overcoming Complexity in the Digital Era for Media & Entertainment Sites
19/01/18 01:26 from Catchpoint's Blog
Digital transformation is a phenomenon that is revolutionizing
the tasks and activities we perform daily. Everything from news consumption to communication has been re-imagined and digitalized. End users’ expectations are rapidly i...

» How to Build a Grafana Dashboard with Node-RED & InfluxDB
18/01/18 08:03 from Catchpoint's Blog
In this final part of our Node-RED integration blog series, I will be covering how you can accelerate your website performance monitoring strategy by building a custom dashboard using the popular open data visualization platform, Grafana...

» Book Review: Inclusive Design Patterns
18/01/18 05:28 from TimKadlec.com
Accessibility is one of those topics that can be very intimidating to folks. There is a lot to know and a lot you can get wrong. Plus, since accessibility is felt so personally by many, the reaction to accessibility mistakes online tends...

» 5 must-have open source tools for iOS testing
18/01/18 03:00 from TechBeacon - Performance
Testing in iOS has improved considerably since its early days. It used to be challenging to run unit tests outside of Xcode, generate code coverage reports, and so on. Apple eventually increased test support throughout its environme...

» Book Review: Gut
16/01/18 05:04 from TimKadlec.com
Here’s a good litmus test for whether or not you will enjoy Giulia’s book: watch her TED talk, “The surprisingly charming science of your gut” . The style of her presentation is pretty much what you can expect from the book. If you enjoy...

» Cucumber: Good for more than just behavior-driven development testing
16/01/18 03:00 from TechBeacon - Performance
People tend to think that certain developer tools should be used in a prescribed way, and they construct rules along those lines. But some incredible breakthroughs happen when you start to bend,—or even break—the rules. Take Cu...

» Will Spectre Patches Slow eCommerce Websites?  
16/01/18 01:00 from Yottaa's Site Optimization & Web Performance Blog
This month a group of security research organizations announced two security vulnerabilities in Intel processors – Meltdown and Spectre.  These vulnerabilities could allow sophisticated hackers to access information and passwords f...

» 5 Ways Rigor Develops Software with Business Users in Mind
13/01/18 03:45 from Rigor
From improving brand perception to conversion rates, website performance is a critical component of a company’s bottom line. This is why performance should no longer be viewed as just the engineering or development team’s job. Unfortunat...

» 5 Tips for Retooling Your APM for Digital Banking and Insurance
12/01/18 07:44 from Catchpoint's Blog
Today’s finance customers are not comparing their experience between banks or insurance companies; instead, they’re measuring customer experience to Amazon, Southwest Airlines, Apple, and Disney, as well as fintech and insurtech companie...

» 6 reasons to co-locate your app and automation code
11/01/18 03:00 from TechBeacon - Performance
A popular school of thought holds that application code and test automation code have separate intentions, and so should reside in separate code repositories. I've followed this maxim for my entire career. But on one of my latest project...

» SAMSONITE SELECTS YOTTAA TO ACCELERATE WEB PERFORMANCE FOR MULTIPLE ECOMMERCE SITES
10/01/18 01:00 from Yottaa's Site Optimization & Web Performance Blog
World’s Largest Travel Luggage Company Experiences 30% Web Page Speed Improvements from the Yottaa eCommerce Acceleration Platform Waltham, MA—January 9, 2018—Yottaa, Inc., the leading SaaS platform for accelerating eCommerce, today anno...

» 6 levels of AI-based testing: Have no fear, QA pros
09/01/18 03:00 from TechBeacon - Performance
Are you worried that artificial intelligence (AI) will soon replace all visual testing and QA teams? Don’t be. Autonomous testing tools are here to help, not replace you. Besides, testers and QA teams should be spending more time th...

» When to Use Google’s Mod_PageSpeed for a Faster eCommerce Website
09/01/18 00:00 from Yottaa's Site Optimization & Web Performance Blog
Making your eCommerce website fast should be a no-brainer. Deciding how isn’t as easy. One easy place to start is by using free tools like Google’s PageSpeed Module, more commonly referred to as Mod_PageSpeed. I was recently asked ...

» Book Review: Why We Sleep
06/01/18 09:27 from TimKadlec.com
You might think a book about sleep couldn’t possibly be that interesting, but you would be wrong. Why We Sleep is a comprehensive, fascinating and entertaining look at sleep. Generally speaking, most of us are probably already conv...

» Owning My Own Content
05/01/18 22:34 from TimKadlec.com
I produced a decent amount of content in 2017. In fact, I wrote more blog posts than I have since 2013. Just not here. I wrote 17 posts for the Snyk blog and a handful of posts for other sites as well. I posted 889 tweets to Twitter . I ...

» Best of TechBeacon 2017: Quality comes first
05/01/18 07:30 from TechBeacon - Performance
DevOps and agile are putting pressure on QA teams to change their testing practices. Automated testing has become an increasingly important requirement, as has the need for testers to improve the overall velocity and quality of their fun...

» What I Read in 2017
04/01/18 19:50 from TimKadlec.com
I spent a lot less time this year on social media. Mostly this was a conscious decision—the firehose that social media provides wasn’t doing my brain (or mood) any favors. So I dialed it back. At first, I had to trick myself, hidin...

» A Look Back at Rigor’s 2017
04/01/18 06:59 from Rigor
As we kick off a new year at Team Rigor we are probably doing some of the same things as you–setting resolutions for 2018 while looking back at 2017. There are so many accomplishments that we are proud of (Inc. 500 list, anyone?), ...

» An Audit of Boomerang’s Performance
31/12/17 11:32 from Performance Calendar
Table Of Contents Introduction Methodology Audit Boomerang Lifecycle Loader Snippet mPulse CDN boomerang.js size boomerang.js Parse Time boomerang.js init() config.json (mPulse) Work at onload The Beacon Work beyond onload Work at Unload...

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