Planet Performance Podcast

Interviews with people from the Web Performance community

Episode 2: Patrick Meenan

Hello web perf enthusiasts! Welcome to espisode 2 of the planet performance podcast. This is an interview with Patrick Meenan. Pat is amazing, he's probably most known for WebPageTest but he has worked on Chrome too, he knows browsers, networks, CDNs, protocols, the list goes on. He has done so much to make the Web faster, and at the same time he's also one of the nicest people I've met.

It was a thrill to sit down and catch up with him during his visit to the Facebook office in Menlo Park, CA. He had just recently joined Facebook to work on web speed, which is also the team I am part of, so naturally I am beyond excited about this.

So we talked about WebPageTest and its origins, about HTTP2 prioritizations and about a whole lot more. Enjoy!

Download file | Duration: 37:26 | Published on Nov 19, 2019

Episode 1: Steve Souders

Hello fellow Web Performance enthusiasts! Just like in the song, this podcast has been coming for some time. Quite some time. In fact, this first episode was recorded about a year ago. So please add 1 year to any time-sensitive bits you hear.

The first guest is Steve Souders. I think Steve has done more than any other living person when it comes to raising awareness about Web Performance and how important it is to both users and companies. He also showed us the way to enlightenment with his books High-Performance Web Sites and its follow up Even Faster Web Sites. He was the brains behind the YSlow browser extension. Some of you younger folks may have not used YSlow, since you have all these powerful dev tools shipped with modern browsers. But in my opinion YSlow is right there after Firebug in terms of influence and showing the browser vendors what tools they should be providing.

I'm lucky enough to have worked with Steve at Yahoo on YSlow and other stuff. He then moved on to do his magic at Google, and is now at SpeedCurve. But we talk about all of this in the interview so I'll just shut up now and let the man speak.

Oh, one thing people don't know about Steve is that he plays ukulele. We jammed a bit after recording this podcast and then I thought I should cut up some of these sounds and mix them with the interview. Enjoy!

Download file | Duration: 49:43 | Published on Oct 27, 2019

Episode 0: Trailer

Welcome to the Planet Performance podcast!

Download file | Duration: 0:51 | Recorded on June 30, 2019

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Planet Performance Podcast is a project by Stoyan Stefanov. See also the Perfplanet Calendar.