Java performance is sometimes an afterthought in the daily routine of application development, but it can become an enormous bottleneck if addressed once it becomes a real problem. Kirk Pepperdine's podcast talks about many Java performance tuning techniques which you can incorporate into your daily development tasks. Hear Kirk Pepperdine's podcast 'Kirk Pepperdine on Java Performance Tuning': http://today.java.net/pub/a/today/2009/07/08/J1-2009-KirkPepperdine_PerfTune.html