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Building Scalable and High-Performance Java™ Web Applications Using J2EE™ Technology by Greg Barish

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Performance and Scalability

Have you ever gone to a Web site, clicked on a link, and really waited for a response? Of course you have; we all have. It's annoying and frustrating. Worst are those content-laden sites that are meant to be read like newspapers. You want to jump from link to link, but every time you click, you have to wait seconds (not milliseconds) for the page and the ads and the embedded applets to download. You almost begin to hate clicking on a link because you know you will have to wait. You've learned to classify this kind of site as slow.

Then there are sites that are suspiciously slow. In these cases, you have reason to believe that bazillions of people are trying to connect, and this mass, not the technology, is responsible ...

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