Category Archives: economics

Can You Afford It?: Real-world Web Performance Budgets

TL;DR: performance budgets are an essential but under-appreciated part of product success and team health. Most partners we work with are not aware of the real-world operating environment and make inappropriate technology choices as a result. We set a budget in time of <= 5 seconds first-load Time-to-Interactive and <= 2s for subsequent loads. We […]

Uncomfortably Excited

Jeremy Keith is wringing his hands about Web Components. I likewise can’t attend the second Extensible Web Summit and so have a bit of time to respond here. Full disclosure: I helped design Web Components and, with Dimitri Glazkov and Alex Komoroske, helped lead the team at Google that brought them from concept to reality. […]

Misdirection

As the over-heated CSS vendor prefix debate rages, I can’t help but note the mounting pile of logical fallacies and downright poor reasoning being deployed. Some context is in order. Your Moment Of Zen The backdrop to this debate is that CSS is absolutely the worst, least productive part of the web platform. Apps teams […]

When Free Isn’t Cheap Enough

The concepts of negative externality and moral hazard describe situations where one person can impose costs on another without paying for it, often resulting in less-than optimal outcomes for everyone. That sounds a lot like what’s going on with organizations that won’t upgrade from IE6 to me. Lets quickly consider both sides of the browser […]