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ronan

Ronan Cremin leads Afilias Technologies engineering efforts. He focuses on building tools and services for mobile web applications, such as the award-winning goMobi and DeviceAtlas products. Mr. Cremin also represents dotMobi at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Latest Articles by ronan

Serving AMP pages to all mobile users

AMP is growing in importance in the web publishing world. Here at mobiForge we have some serious misgivings with the approach taken by Google with AMP but the speed up in page loading time is inarguable. This post describes a method for exposing AMP pages to all mobile visitors using some server-side device detection so that all mobile... Read More

Sleepwalking by Flickr user Ben Bashford

Sleepwalking into a walled garden

Here at mobiForge we’ve been broadly positive towards Google’s AMP since its launch in October 2015. It’s by no means the only way to achieve the wholesome goal of fast-loading web pages, but by providing a well-documented format to adhere to that delivers excellent performance, the web has benefitted. Google now reports that the average... Read More

The web performance impact of third-party libraries

In many ways the ease with which one can include third-party libraries in a web page is a testament to both the design of the web and extraordinarily rich and open ecosystem around it. With a few third-party services you can transform a static HTML page into a rich interactive experience with comments, media, analytics,... Read More

Transcoders – the technology we love to hate that will never go away

Many years ago I remember a Google product manager saying that his product, the Google mobile transcoder, was the one product that everyone wished would go away... Read More

A page weight reference for the web – the 1 MB website

“Every line is the perfect length if you don’t measure it.” — Marty Rubin In engineering disciplines it’s very important to have fixed frames of reference to enable easy comparison of results. In the web developer community we already have many page weight measuring tools such as our own mobiReady and WebPagetest.org. So we have the weighing... Read More

The web is Doom

In July 2015 I suggested that the average web page weight would equal that of the Doom install image in about 7 months time. In about 7 months average web page size will be same as Doom install image. Well done us! Onwards & upwards!... Read More

That shrinking feeling—Apple losing dominance in global web traffic

For many years now iOS has led Android in web traffic in many countries around the world, even in countries where Android devices are more popular. There have been several explanations proffered for this... Read More

Bluetooth beacons beckon bold builders

Bluetooth beacons have always been an alluring prospect for developers. Small, cheap and with a long battery life, they brim with potential save for one fatal flaw: they generally require users to have an app installed on their device to be noticed. Without a beacon-aware app, their presence generally goes unnoticed entirely... Read More

Geofencing, web push and progressive apps are taking webapps to a new place

There’s a lot going on these days in the world of webapps. Most recently, the W3C published the Geofencing API first public working draft. This API allows webapps to register for notifications when the user’s device enters defined geographical regions, assuming that the user grants permission. This enables a whole new class of webapps to be built and follows the recent rollout of the web push API to Chrome Mobile on Android... Read More

Measuring page weight

It used to be so easy. Measuring the weight of a web page in the early days of the web was merely a matter of waiting for the page to finish loading and then counting up the size of its constituent resources... Read More

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