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APIs 101: What to Test

Hanna Woodburn

Digital businesses are making a radical change in the way they build and deliver software. Gone are the days of apps that rely solely on in-house tools. Rather, today’s apps are increasingly dependent on external APIs and third party app providers (which, in turn, are reliant on other APIs and apps). While this type of modularity allows for product flexibility and rapid development, it can be difficult to address any issues that arise. If even one component of this chain breaks, it can have a domino-effect on its dependents, whereas a simi...

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Testing early and often for performance problems is an essential step in ensuring that you are delivering the best digital experience possible for your users. And, as anyone who has had to address performance problems once they are in production knows:  it sucks. Ideally, you want to catch any performance issues at the source. But, for many businesses this isn’t a reality. Why? We’d argue because they are still treating performance as special, rather than addressing it as an ongoing area to focus on. We advocate for treating performance...

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Make the Most of Rigor with These Five Features

Victoria Williams

As technology becomes more complex and as systems become more fragmented, implementing digital experience monitoring and optimization initiatives may seem daunting at first. Digital experience monitoring is experiencing a culture shift from retooling workflow to become more agile and innovative. Changes in culture and process can also bring friction among teams as responsibilities shift and operational lines blur. The more you can automate the development lifecycle and the more efficiencies you can add into your workflow, the easier it will be...

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Best Ways to Reduce Server Response Times

Victoria Williams

Server bottlenecks aren’t typically the cause of slow load times, but this doesn’t mean that your server response times have no impact. In fact, server load times can impede performance. This is why we recommend that you devote time to optimizing this area. In short, server response time (SRT) is the amount of time it takes for the web browser to receive a response. The clock begins as soon as the web browser makes the request. According to Google’s...

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What is DevOps? Ask five different people for a definition of DevOps and you’ll likely get five different answers. You might hear a description of processes and workflows. Maybe you'd get an explanation of job titles ranging from software developers to other IT professionals. As is evident from the wide range of answers, there is no industry-standard definition or definitive step-by-step “how-to guide” for DevOps. Just like every company is different, every DevOps system is different. Each organization will...

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Foundations of Faster Websites

Victoria Williams

At the same time that more and more people are transitioning to mobile devices that run on slower networks, users are expecting to see better sites running quickly and efficiently. The costs, both monetary and otherwise, resulting from performance issues relating to your site are high, and legacy techniques aren’t necessary sufficient to solve the issues you’re facing. It can be hard to know where to start in terms of speeding up your site, so this article discusses ten different techniques you can use to improve your pages’ performance...

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Web Perfectionist 101: Avoiding Redirects

Jennifer Carlson

In this week's Web Perfectionist video, learn how to avoid costly redirects. https://rigor-2.wistia.com/medias/ibna3hz59a Redirects and site speed have a significant impact on user experience, find out how your website is performing....

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