Code will be executed on Twitter servers, not in users’ browsers
Twitter engineers have started an upgrade of the microblogging platform that will increase the page loading speed by an average of five times.
The upgrade will allow Twitter to take advantage of new browser technology and pave the way for fresh multimedia features.
Early bird gets the worm
Twitter, which has 10 million users in the UK, was built around a web application architecture that executed most of the code on users’ machines. According to the engineering manager of company’s web core team Dan Webb, the fully client-side architecture, while having a number of advantages, lacked support for various optimisations available only on the server.
The transfer to the servers also allowed Twitter to reduce differences in performance across browsers.
Twitter will continue to roll out this new framework to the site in the coming weeks. Once the changes are in place, the company plans to implement partial page reloads and begin to overhaul the server side of the application.
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