Optimize Your App Contest Winners Announced

By Christophe Dujarric, on Jan 04, 2021

Thanks to all who participated in our 2020 contest!

The goal was to profile an application with Blackfire, find an improvement and tell the world about it. We are thankful to the participants for their efforts, and are thrilled to announce the winners!

Patrick McLain, author of “The Cost of Loading in a Loop”, is the winner of a pair of Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700! Pinpointing a load in a loop on a Magento application, Patrick managed to save 52% of code execution time after seeing performance degradation on an API endpoint consumed by mobile applications.

Benni Mack, author of “Why we use Blackfire to speed up TYPO3 sites“, is the winner of a Raspberry Pi 400! Benni has been a long term user of Blackfire, and in his article, tells about an anecdote where he refused to “hide the dust under the carpet”. Instead of accepting their client’s suggestion of adding a loading spinner on the home page of the site, they found improvements that sped up the site by a factor of almost 7!

Stefan Koopmanschap, author of “Check your SQL“, is the winner of a Raspberry Pi 400! Stefan seems like the Santa Klaus of performance, delivering presents the day before Christmas! Key take aways: “Don’t make assumptions like I did. Use tools like Blackfire.” and “Take your time to have a good look at your SQL, and learn how to use the functions your database has to offer such as EXPLAIN.”

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Christophe Dujarric

Christophe is the Chief Product Officer at Blackfire. He's an engineer, but probably one of the least "tech" people in the company. He's wearing many hats, from product management to marketing and sales. He loves the beauty of simple solutions that solve actual problems.