Nik Molnar

xPlat & Open Tooling Program Manager at Microsoft, Pluralsight author, web dev, chef & co-founder of Glimpse.

Austin (TX, United States)

Making the web a faster place, one post and tweet at a time.

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Articles by Nik

  1. One Weird Trick To Improve Web Performance

    The web is chock full of web performance advice. There are books on the subject, I've written articles about them, and there are countless case studies proving just how critical web performance is. All of these tips, patterns and "best practices" are important to understand and apply when appropriate, but the current state of the art, science and technology that drives the web (not to mention the politics!) has created a climate in which one simple web performance trick will likely provide...
  2. "Let's Encrypt" Azure Web Apps the Free and Easy Way

    The process of acquiring TLS/SSL certificates has never been one that I'd call smooth. Its certainly gotten easier and cheaper over the years - I remember once having to prove I received a piece of physical snail mail to satisfy a certificate authority - but there's still plenty of room for improvement.> Aside: SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the name of the proprietary protocol originally developed by Netscape. When the IETF improved and standardized the protocol in 1999 with RFC 2246, they renamed...
  3. Two Strategies for Crossing Origins with Performance in Mind

    The web's same-origin policy is one of the cornerstone mechanisms upon which web security is built. It restricts the way that resources can be shared between web applications that have differing protocols, hosts or ports.A few years ago, the Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (aka CORS) specification extended the policy to enable various scenarios that were previously restricted. While the new scenarios are certainly useful, they introduce new considerations for the performance minded. The remainder of...
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