Ultra-Fast ASP.NET: Build Ultra-Fast and Ultra-Scalable web sites using ASP.NET and SQL Server

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Ultra-Fast ASP.NET presents a practical approach to building fast and scalable web sites using ASP.NET and SQL Server. In addition to a wealth of tips, tricks and secrets, you’ll find advice and code examples for all tiers of your application, including the client, caching, IIS 7, ASP.NET, threads, session state, SQL Server, Analysis Services, infrastructure and operations. By applying the ultra-fast approach to your projects, you’ll squeeze every last ounce of … More >>

Ultra-Fast ASP.NET: Build Ultra-Fast and Ultra-Scalable web sites using ASP.NET and SQL Server

4 thoughts on “Ultra-Fast ASP.NET: Build Ultra-Fast and Ultra-Scalable web sites using ASP.NET and SQL Server”

  1. One of the author’s stated goals for this book is “to help remove some of the fog that may be masking the end-to-end vision of the technology and to help you see the beauty and the full potential of ASP.NET and SQL Server.” He does an excellent job of doing just that.

    We all want our web applications to run lean, clean and fast, but how do we best spend our time doing so? You might ask, “Should I spend more time improving my caching strategies? How should I approach it?” or “Should I spend my time trying to optimize IIS’s performance? Where do I begin with that?”

    With so many different ways to approach any given problem, you could spend days or weeks learning all the different ways you MIGHT be able to get your desired results. But if you’re like me, after a while you just say, “OK, OK, someone please just tell me the best way to approach this for most situations and I’ll tweak it for my needs.” That’s what you get here.

    This book is great. It is a collection of best practices, tips and tricks for architecting your web applications to be both ultra-fast AND ultra-scalable. Instead of listing a thousand things you might want to try out to see if it helps, this book just says, “here is a proven approach that works for most situations, most of the time”. Thank you! Let’s implement it and move on to the next one.

    But more than just telling you, “Do this, then do that”, this book explains the Why’s as you go along. This is invaluable as it is how we actually learn and integrate these things into our understanding of the big picture.

    It is clear that the author has deep and intimate knowledge of the subject. His credentials explain why. He began working with the Internet and writing network-oriented software in the 70’s. More recently, he was an architect at the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Silicon Valley where he ran two- to three-day architectural design sessions once or twice each week for some of Microsoft’s largest and most sophisticated customers. In understanding their issues and helping them architect solutions he saw many of the same questions coming up time and time again. Questions such as:

    * “How can we make our HTML display faster?” (Chapter 2)

    * “What’s the best way to do caching?” (Chapter 3)

    * “How can we use IIS to make our site faster?” (Chapter 4)

    * “How should we handle session state?” (Chapter 5)

    * “How can we improve our ASP.NET code?” (Chapters 5 to 7)

    * “Why is our database slow?” (Chapters 8 and 9)

    * “How can we optimize our infrastructure and operations?” (Chapter 10)

    * “Where do we start?” (Chapter 11)

    I’m thrilled someone has finally written a book like this. It really helps a developer learn and understand the end-to-end big picture… not only the How’s but, more importantly, the Why’s.

    Kudos Mr. Kiessig.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. I have been programming in ASP.NET for a few years now but still have lots to learn in my opinion. I know how to create fairly robust ASP.NET websites with AJAX, membership roles, with a few data business objects and so forth. But one thing I had very little knowledge of was how to make my ASP.NET more efficient and run faster.

    I love ASP.NET, C# And the whole .NET framwork, but I must admit it can be a little slow compared to other technologies and many of the newer AJAX controls have lots of overhead to deal with. Of course with with ‘magic’ of AJAX, these ASP.NET controls can make a website feel like a windows desktop application but it does have its vices which id overhead of the viewstate among others.

    This is the first and only book that I have found that really focuses only on how to make your ASP.NET web pages, more efficient and load and run faster. There are a few other books for general website performance (i.e. Even Faster Websites by Steve Souders) but that is for general topics like CSS and JavaScript, not ASP.NET specific.

    Here are some of the many topics you will learn from this book:

    *A way of thinking about performance issues that will help you obtain real results.

    *How to apply key principles that will help you build ultra-fast and ultra-scalable web sites.

    *How to use the ultra-fast approach to be fast in multiple dimensions. You’ll have not only fast pages but also fast changes, fast fixes, fast deployments and more.

    *Techniques that are being used by some of the world’s largest web sites.

    *How to structure your HTML and CSS to create pages that load ultra-fast.

    *Tips for using Silverlight, Ajax and IIS 7 to improve the performance of your site.

    *How to use comprehensive caching at all tiers to deliver content faster.

    *Why you should avoid traditional session state and how to make the best use of cookies.

    *Tips and tricks for optimizing your ASP.NET and SQL Server code for performance and scalability.

    *How to use Analysis Services to offload your relational database.

    *Why many sites that serve individual pages quickly are not scalable.

    *How to avoid common pitfalls that can have an adverse impact on your site’s performance, both now and as it grows.

    *How to apply an end-to-end systems-based approach to web site performance and scalability, which includes everything from the browser and the network to caching, back-end operations, hardware infrastructure, and your software development process.

    This book is a must for any ASP.NET for any ASP.NET developer, whether you are a beginner or advanced. Actually it is even better if you are a beginner/intermediate because you can take the techniques and tips taught in this book as you learn ASP.NET instead of going back to previously built ASP.NET websites if you are and advanced user.

    Either way, get this book, you will not regret it!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. This book is simply brilliant, and checking the credentials of the author, a distinguished veteran engineering manager and software architect, one is not suprised in the least. It is one of those special books that pop up now and then – of the kind that would be written by .NET experts such as Juval Lowy or Jeffery Ritcher and a combination of an architectural guru such as Chris Loosley who wrote the now dated but probably best distributed software performance/scalability text ever written High-Performance Client/Server or say Martin Fowler who wrote one of the two quintessential patterns-based software architecture texts, Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture.

    The MS Press Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability (Patterns & Practices) is similar in spirit and content to Ultra-Fast ASP.NET, but though still useful, it is quite dated (published 2004, that is before .NET 2.0/ASP.NET 2.0) and also much broader in scope and a bigger tome. In contrast, Ultra Fast targets ASP.NET and is very up-to-date, very readable and practical. By limiting the scope to ASP.NET and MS platforms he was able to comfortably and expertly cover all tiers, from the web front-end through the web/app tier to the data and infrastructure layers. Similar books exist for the LAMP platform (e.g, Building Scalable Web Sites: Building, Scaling, and Optimizing the Next Generation of Web Applications and High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers) but this is the only up-to-date such book for ASP.NET and I highly recommend it, as other reviewers have rightly said, for not just the advanced but beginner and intermediate ASP.NET developers, architects and development project managers. I would however, suggest that one gets this book along with what appears to be the quintessential, modern software architecture text – due to its sheer quality and applicability combined with concise coverage of just about all dimensions and viewpoints of contemporary real life software architecture, Software Systems Architecture: Working With Stakeholders Using Viewpoints and Perspectives. Splendid stuff!

    I think I may not be alone in believing that a similar text is much needed that would cover the Win-forms/Desktop client application space mirroring the current text. Such a text would delve into the performance scaling considerations of Threading/New Parallel features for multi-processors; WCF/Asmx Web Services, REST/SOAP, ADO.NET/EF/LINQ-PLINQ/other ORMs such as NHibernate, etc. and be structured similarly to Mr. Kiessig’s current text. Hope Mr. Kiessig will accept the honor!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Five stars. I am performance consultant specializing in Microsoft technologies. There are very few resource available in consolidated form that a guy like myself could use on a daily basis. Of course there is an epic work from p&p – improving .net performance and scalability – beyond that it is a blog hunt. Ultra fast ASP.NET book was a huge surprise to me – it delivers on its promise, it is prescriptive. It establishes performance principles, it sets performance goals, explains what affects performance and why, and it guides what needs to be done on each and every layer of web application – browser, ASP.NET, IIS, SQL Server – just to squeeze the last byte of performance out of it. And it is updated to latest MS tech. I have developed a deeper trust with the book not only after reading the author’s bio, but also after reading topics such as distributed caching – the author shares his own opinion to it which is far from popular and the one that strikes chords with my own experience in the field. No surprise it became my tool of trade very quick. I highly recommend the book to anyone who cares about performance and user experience – be it a developer or a seasoned performance engineer.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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