Author: D Odell
Publisher: Apress, 2009
Aimed at: Web applications developers
Pros: Well presented collection of ideas
Cons: Lacks overall structure
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot
This is very much a collection of topics that the author thought were interesting, important, or would just fit into a book with the very general title of "Best Practices, Performance and Presentation". As a general reading book it mostly works and you could become enthusiastic about implementing many of the efficiency or other best practices outlined but some could just be a waste of time that you could use on other aspects of the site.
There are also a lot of efficiency tips and techniques but very little evidence to suggest which work reliably in what situations and, of course, how much gain are we getting for the overall pain. You need to remember that the first law of optimisation is "don't do it".In this case the biggest problem is known what impact any given optimisation tip might have on the operation of your site. It might speed it up but, as the author admits you could get it wrong and actually slow things down. Some facts and figures would be helpful and some discussion of how to find bottlenecks