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How does this (http://37signals.com/svn/posts/3112-how-basecamp-next-got-to...) get to be number one, while this http://www.stevesouders.com/blog/2012/02/10/the-performance-... goes nowhere?

Are we upvoting simply by name recognition?


He only wrote the book on high performance web sites...


It's partly name recognition and partly novelty. The 37signals approach is unusual, while most competent front-end developers are already aware of the principles in Souders' post.

Sounders post is 5% halfheartedly evangelizing (maybe not-so) common knowledge and 95% reiterating his point about the split between frontend/backend time on fulfilling a request.

After reading it I'm pretty sure it could eliminate all but the last graph and be just as valuable at 1/4 the length. That he did a rather comprehensive evaluation is commendable, but I think the post loses track of its main point in favor of sailing the sea of data that was collected.

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