Category: Web Performance

Stormin’ OMS

Overview There’s storm in Wayfair! And yes, the “a” article before the word “storm” is purposely not there. When referring to “storm” at Wayfair, we do not mean a conglomerate of barometric circumstances that lead to downpours from the skies and other natural phenomena (a storm); we mean… Read more

/dev/null vs. MongoDB benchmark bake-off

We’ve used MongoDB at Wayfair for a subset of our customer data for a while.  But we’re always looking for opportunities to speed up our infrastructure and give our customers a more responsive user experience.  So when we heard about a new database platform called ‘/dev/null’, we became pretty excited…….

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Northeast PHP Recap

Last weekend was the inaugural run of the Northeast PHP Conference in Boston.  Wayfair was a gold sponsor, so we bought t-shirts, paid for apps and beer at the Saturday night event, and also sent about 15 engineers to the event.  I gave a talk on High Performance… Read more

The 24-Hour News Cycle

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Inc! Magazine’s great cover story about us, including an internal poll of our favorite item from the photo shoot (results: tie between the purple dragon and giant giraffe).  Unbeknownst to us, however, the story was later picked up by Yahoo!’s news feed on… Read…

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Progressive Enhancement For a Faster Site

Progressive Enhancement is often described as an alternate approach to “Graceful Degradation” – it encourages focusing on the most basic functionality first and then building out from there.  It also forms the core of the Yahoo! Graded Browser Support model, which we use as a guide for our… Read more