It's always a good time to care about performance, and the new year is a great opportunity to focus on building our apps responsibly.


We're really excited to have Andy Davies coming to Oxford for this meetup. Andy is a web performance geek, in his day job he's Associate Director for Web Performance at NCC Group where he helps clients to measure and improve the performance of their sites.

He wrote the “The Pocket Guide to Web Performance” for Five Simple Steps and is a co-author of "Using WebPageTest" due to be published by O'Reilly in 2015.


We've also got some Oxford locals, and Tom Nickson's talk on compiling C++ into JavaScript is particularly interesting. Tom's doing a DPhil in machine learning, and has been doing some awesome things with emscripten.

Also, if you've ever had to test something in a crazy way, you'll be able to relate to Ryan's talk on testing.

Andy Davies – Whoosh - Speed Matters!


Great user experiences lead to more effective sites that have increased levels of engagement and revenue. Performance is an essential part of good user experience but all to often it get's pushed down the list of priorities.

In this talk Andy will explore why performance matters, how we can police performance and how the fundamentals of our medium influence the speed of our sites.

Tom Nickson – From C++ to JavaScript with Emscripten

Description coming soon.

Ryan Brooks – The most convoluted JavaScript testing framework?

Ryan wants to talk about an abomination he built to test JavaScript running on the Rhino JavaScript engine, and how an optimistic "of course you can test that, it's just JavaScript" led to a rabbit hole and lost sleep.