Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Official Gmail Blog: A need for speed: the path to a faster loading sequence

"We spent hours poring over these traces to see exactly what was happening between the browser and Gmail during the sign-in sequence, and we found that there were between fourteen and twenty-four HTTP requests required to load an inbox and display it. To put these numbers in perspective, a popular network news site's home page required about a 180 requests to fully load when I checked it yesterday. But when we examined our requests, we realized that we could do better. We decided to attack the problem from several directions at once: reduce the number of overall requests, make more of the requests cacheable by the browser, and reduce the overhead of each request."

All I need to do to speed up Gmail's web interface is go check my mail at Yahoo or MSN, after that the Gmail interface seems MUCH faster.

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