Website Performance Optimization

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Syllabus

Overview

Throughout the course, you’ll build a performance toolbox to help you build faster website experiences by taking advantage of PageSpeed Insights recommendations and measuring page performance on mobile and desktop with Chrome Developer Tools.This class contains an introductory lesson, two primary lessons and a final project. Before diving into optimizations, you’ll build an understanding of how browsers convert HTML, CSS and JavaScript into websites. Along the way, you’ll practice measuring performance using the same tools Google engineers use.Then comes the really fun part: optimization! You’ll learn about easy-to-implement performance gains and develop a simple and powerful model for uncovering optimization opportunities.You’ll put your newfound performance skillset to the test with the final project, where you’ll be optimizing your own online portfolio website!##Lessons

Lesson 0 (20 minutes)

You can’t optimize what you can’t measure, so in this lesson you’ll learn how to open Chrome Developer Tools to measure the performance of mobile and desktop websites.

Lesson 1 (60 minutes)

Optimizing any website’s performance requires a strong understanding of how browsers build websites from HTML, CSS and JavaScript. You’ll start by breaking down the **Critical Rendering Path** - the steps the browser has to take to render a page. You’ll get an understanding of how:* **HTML** is converted to the **Document Object Model (DOM)**.* **CSS** is converted to the **CSS Object Model (CSSOM)**.* the browser runs **layout** to determine the position and size of elements before **painting** pixels on the screen.Throughout the lesson, you’ll learn how to take advantage of the Timeline view in **Chrome Developer Tools** to measure each and every step’s performance on mobile and desktop.

Lesson 2 (90 minutes)

You’ll explore easy HTML, CSS and JavaScript optimizations with significant performance implications, some of which are as simple as adding a single attribute to an HTML tag! Along the way, you’ll be developing the skills to help you diagnose opportunities for optimizations, including:* building **quick and dirty** diagrams of the Critical Rendering Path.* identifying **three key metrics** to triangulate potential performance bottlenecks.

Prerequisite

None.

Instructors

  • Ilya Grigorik - Ilya Grigorik is a web performance engineer at Google and the author of High Performance Browser Networking (O'Reilly). When he's not optimizing web performance, he is likely found working on new performance or analytics related open source projects, launching fun projects like , or optimizing his triathlon times. Prior to focusing on web performance, Ilya spent 5 years measuring and optimizing performance of social campaigns - he was the founder of PostRank, which was acquired and integrated into Google Analytics. In short, he likes to optimize and make things fast.
  • Cameron Pittman - A passionate educator and programmer, Cameron lives and breathes web development as he creates programming courses at Udacity. Before coming here, Cameron was a combination Director of Content and web developer at Seattle startup LearnBIG. He taught four years of high school physics and chemistry in Nashville, TN, during which time he pioneered teaching physics with the video game Portal 2. Cameron graduated with a degree in physics and astronomy from Vanderbilt University and earned his master's in teaching from Belmont University.

Editor

Google is a company founded on 4 September 1998 in the Google garage in Silicon Valley, California, by Larry Page and Sergueï Brin, creators of the Google search engine.

The company made its name primarily through the monopolistic position of its search engine, which faced competition first from AltaVista and then from Yahoo! and Bing. It has since made a number of acquisitions and developments, and today owns a number of noteworthy software products and websites, including YouTube, the Android operating system for mobile phones, and other services such as Google Earth, Google Maps and Google Play.

Platform

Udacity is a for-profit educational organization founded by Sebastian Thrun, David Stavens, and Mike Sokolsky offering massive open online courses (MOOCs). According to Thrun, the origin of the name Udacity comes from the company's desire to be "audacious for you, the student". While it originally focused on offering university-style courses, it now focuses more on vocational courses for professionals.

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