Speed up your web pages with YSlow

If you do front-end web stuff, you may be interested in a cool new tool from Yahoo! that I first heard about at OSCON:

YSlow analyzes web pages and tells you why they’re slow based on the rules for high performance web sites. YSlow is a Firefox add-on integrated with the popular Firebug web development tool. YSlow gives you:

* Performance report card
* HTTP/HTML summary
* List of components in the page
* Tools including JSLint

It’s not perfect, but I’ll be using it to sniff out any potential LQ performance issues at LQ. Just make sure you understand and research the information the tool gives you. I was already using Firebug, so this was a quick and painless addition. Thanks to Yahoo! for releasing this. While on the topic of Y!, the next LQ code revision is going to take advantage of the YUI library. Should be coming “real soon now”.

–jeremy

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