APEX – Delivering Pages in 3 Seconds or Less

When I was at the Collaborate 07 event, I gave a presentation entitled “APEX: Delivering Pages in 3 Seconds or Less (because users don’t like waiting)”, which was a bit of a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ title since APEX is capable of delivering pages much faster than that, but the title is really a reference to how quickly we as end-users (because we’re all end-users of websites) get bored and impatient if we have to wait too long for the page to be rendered after we do something.

The paper covers a couple of techniques you can use with APEX applications which can have huge effects on the scalability, performance and resource requirements for your Application. The two techniques are image caching and webserver compression and in my opinion there is almost no reason why every APEX application shouldn’t be taking advantage of these techniques.

As part of the Collaborate 07 presentation, I had to prepare a Whitepaper which goes into a great deal more detail than I could fit into an hour long presentation. I have subsequently had quite a few requests from people if they could see the Whitepaper, so for anyone who wants to take a look at a couple of techniques that could just make a difference between your application scaling to support more users and errr not scaling….then you can download a copy of the whitepaper here.

Comments 8

  1. Bill Ferguson wrote:


    Thanks for making this available.

    Posted 18 May 2007 at 1:05 pm
  2. John Scott wrote:

    Hi Bill,

    No problem, hope you find it useful!


    Posted 18 May 2007 at 1:49 pm
  3. Tom Joseph wrote:

    Thanks for posting, this is very useful indeed!


    Posted 18 May 2007 at 8:00 pm
  4. Chandra wrote:


    Thanks for posting, This is very useful. As Page Rendering was a problem in Apex. Which is affecting Performance.

    Posted 23 Jan 2008 at 10:35 am
  5. Noel Portugal wrote:

    Thanks John for the detailed information. I will for sure implement the techniques discussed on you paper.

    Posted 16 May 2008 at 9:07 pm
  6. RAS BARBIES wrote:

    please may i know what’s going on with the APEX demo server?
    I haven’t been able to access my workspace.
    please could anybody tell me when the server will be up and running.

    Posted 31 May 2008 at 6:43 pm
  7. John Scott wrote:

    What demo server are you talking about?


    Posted 31 May 2008 at 6:59 pm
  8. Ariel Pangilinan wrote:

    I read your whitepaper about caching images using custom download procedure. It’s great! Thanks a lot!

    Posted 10 Feb 2009 at 12:45 am

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