Building high performance websites is hard—let’s go shopping! Better yet, let’s take the best ideas from the past 10 years on how to improve HTTP and wrap them up in a brand new protocol named SPDY. In The SPDY Book, you will learn all of the secrets behind this new protocol from Google. Compression, multiplexing, writing directly to the browser’s cache are not only possible with SPDY, but easy. Google is already using it in production on all of their sites to make their services even faster. Why shouldn’t your websites do the same?

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About this Book

  • 158 pages
  • Published:
  • Release: P1.0 (2011-08-08)
  • ISBN: pending

Fear the blank page. If your website does not load in 4 seconds, 1/3 of your potential customers will close the browser never to give you a second thought. Stop losing those customers!

In The SPDY Book, you will see how to take an existing website and make it fly. You’ll see how a few SPDY additions to your application code can improve real performance by 50% or more—while still keeping your website 100% backwards compatible with older browsers. From the folks at Google, the new SPDY protocol (pronounced “Speedy”) promises this and more. Your websites will be blazingly fast, be more reliable and more secure. This book won’t stop at the surface, but will delve into specific techniques to achieve these results. You also get a deep dive into the protocol itself to better understand how SPDY really works. In an age of ever more fickle web and mobile users, you can’t afford to ignore this breakthrough technology!

Contents and Extracts

Inside this electronic-only eBook, you’ll find:

  • Introduction
  • A Case for SPDY
  • Your First SPDY App (sample)
  • SPDY and the Real World
  • SPDY Push
  • The Basics
  • Server Push—A Killer Feature (sample)
  • Control Frames in Depth
  • SPDY and SSL
  • SPDY Alternatives
  • The Future


  • Installing Express-SPDY
  • Using Wireshark to Sniff SSL Packets
  • Google Chrome

About the Author

Reformed Perl hacker. Willing Rubyist. Organizer for B’more on Rails. Big into chains. Author of the SPDY Book.