orange.mu, 1 month after

Orange

It has been 1 month since www.orange.mu was launched and overall I’am quite satisfied with the new portal, compared to the old Servihoo one.

The main features which I’am very satisfied, from a technical point of view :

  • built on bleeding edge technology (does anyone hear memcache here ;-))
  • almost all pages are valid XHTML 1.0 transitional (i do mention almost here)
  • CSS layout, built on the fantastic YUI CSS grids and Blueprint CSS (look ma, no tables ;-))
  • heavy, very heavy use of javascript and namely the great, the fantastic and the one and only Yahoo! YUI library. 😉
  • various AJAX calls via YUI Connection manager. For example  taux de change on the homepage, where the info is retrieved via AJAX displayed in a cool YUI panel.
  • follow Yahoo! rules for high performance websites (thanks YUI theater and Steve Souders for that). Not later than yesterday, expires headers were added to javascript components and a notable increase in performance has been noted. Naturally a lot is still to be done but we’re working on that.
  • clean URLS

P.S I did watch Steve’s video from start to finish and I’ll recommend it to other web dev out there. The YUI theater is just great resource.

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  1. Indeed, Yahoo rules rocks:
    http://developer.yahoo.com/performance/rules.html#num_http

    Google minimised the HTTP requests and the result: faster Gmail:
    http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2008/05/need-for-speed-path-to-faster-loading.html

    “and we found that there were between fourteen and twenty-four HTTP requests required to load an inbox and display it”

    “We decided to attack the problem from several directions at once: reduce the number of overall requests, make more of the requests cacheable by the browser, and reduce the overhead of each request.”

    I gonna explore YUI theater well. Thanks for the tip…keep posting 🙂




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