Intelligent GZIPNovember 24, 2013 by Alex Thompson
GZIP compression is an essential part of making websites load faster. All the major web servers support GZIP, but they have some shortcomings regarding management and efficiency. For Primoca, I've created an optimal GZIP implementation that overcomes these issues and results in faster websites and lower bandwidth with zero configuration.
How GZIP works
GZIP is controlled by HTTP headers.
Moving from WordPress to Static Blog GenerationNovember 7, 2013 by Alex Thompson
I just moved this very blog off of WordPress onto my own static blog generator. Source code on GitHub
For websites that don't change every minute, rendering every page request dynamically from a database is inefficient. Caching can help this but introduces the complexity of cache invalidation. Furthermore the hosting and maintenance
Heroku needs bigger dynosFebruary 16, 2013 by Alex Thompson
Recently Rap Genius posted a critique of Heroku’s routing architecture which raised some interesting issues about running a PaaS and elicited an apologetic response from Heroku. Most of the technical discussion revolves around the routing paradigm namely the merits