One of the themes I'm looking at for vNext of ASP.NET is the optimization of sites by reducing the number of server requests required for a single page.
A new classic in the area of improving the perceived performance of your sites by reducing the number of server roundtrips is Steven Sounders book 'High Performance Websites'. Steven's book is veryÂ small, very readable and probably the best book on anything to do with the web that I've read in years.
This book was a huge revelation for me...I spent most of my coding career writing the slickest, highest performing code I could...and frankly...
Blog, I have not abandoned you! I'm in a 'quiet' phase right now...be back soon (when work settles down a bit).