I hate missing gigs, I hate ebay touts more
The last two gigs I went to were
- Scott Matthews bloomsbury theatre 10/06/09, with a face value price of £15, luckily I was able to pay £50 to ebay.
- Next up, Metric at the electric ballroom, again it was my pleasure to pay way over the odds and help kick start the ecomony over on ebay.
Who’s doing this? Surely someone in these heady days of Web 188.8.131.52, if not i’m building it this weekend.
Why would Songkick want to hire me?
Songkick is great, but it could be improved HTTP-Wise
Performance is pretty slick on the home page (logged out). Main improvements would be adding expires headers and gzip-ing plain text assets i.e. html/css/jscript
- Reduce number of HTTP request, by combining small images into a single sprite using the CSS sprite technique, This tool I’m told eases that pain: http://spritegen.website-performance.org/.
- Configure static assets to have an expiration date set far into the future.
- GZIP-ing text assets.
- Host images off sub domains i.e. images1/2.songkick.com to increase parallel downloading. For example to comply with RFC 2068 Internet Explorer 5-7 limits 2 concurrent downloads per host.
- There are lots of 301’s being generated from beta-static.songkick.com redirecting to http://www.songkick.com, causing unnecessary HTTP chatter. I guess this is a temporary thing moving out of beta -but it’s not helping performance.
I ❤ Programming
In 1999 I started a web design consultancy with my brother Andy. To start with I did the programming, he did everything else. We sold the company in 2003 and I stayed on to help build the team from 5 to 10 whole people by 2007.
Continuous integration, TTD, Scrum, lean, kanban and pair programming all sound pretty odd but are really rather useful. I enjoy practicing these techniques at least twice a day! I’ve been a .Net programmer on the server for quite sometime but more on the Alt.Net side than in the MSDN camp.
I’m MVC literate and ready for my next challenge 🙂