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October, 2007

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    Improve Web Application Performance By Reducing Number Of Http Requests - Fiddler To The Rescue


    Making Fewer HTTP Requests is #1 rule for improving performance for Web Applications according to Yahoo:

    "Reducing the number of HTTP requests in your page is the place to start. This is the most important guideline for improving performance for first time visitors."

    Here is how Fiddler can help to identify number of requests that particular Web Page generates.

    Fire up Fiddler and make sure it is capturing the Http traffic [it does by default] by looking into left corner in the bottom:


    Then navigate to the page of your interest, for example. Fiddler captures all the traffic and presents it in detailed manner:


    It may be challenging to identify all the resources [images, JavaScript files, CSS files and many others] that the page "brought" with it to my browser. Fortunately latest version of Fiddler has nice functionality to help with it. Point to any resource, say some gif file, in web sessions view and then hit "P" key - for parent. Fiddler will show the parent page - the one that caused the gif file to "come" to the browser. Once parent page identified, hit "C" key - for children. Fiddler marks all resources that "called" by the parent page.

    It is interesting to see how much traffic the page generates and the overall bytes received as a result of navigating to the page:


    How to improve? Yahoo has nice set of rules here:


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    How To: Create a “Hello World” WCF Service Using Visual Studio And IIS 6.0


    JD Meier walks through the creation of simple WCF services to be hosted in IIS 6.0.

    Summary of Steps

      • Step 1.  Create the test service
      • Step 2. Add a Hello World Method
      • Step 3.  Test your WCF service
      • Step 4.  Enable meta-data for your WCF Service.
      • Step 5.  Create the test client.
      • Step 6.  Add a Web Services reference to your WCF Service.
      • Step 7.  Add the namespace to your
      • Step 8. Call your WCF service

    Must have in my developer toolbox.

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    235 More Ideas For VSTS Process Templates


    It started with ADD, Asshole driven development, by Scott Berkun and went wild with another more 234 comments and suggestions...

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