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Linkdump for June 18th

by Rob Friesel
  • 'Time to First Photo' on the Photostream page

    “Time to First Photo” on the Photostream page


    Ross Harmes on how the Flickr team achieved a 7× speed increase in page render times:

    The first time you come to any Flickr page, we store the width of your browser window in a cookie. We can then read that cookie on the server on subsequent page loads.

    Gotta love a simple solution.

  • Thank you, Alex.
  • Wherein Nicolas Bevacqua discusses the native APIs that underlie your favorite jQuery functions. It's worth reading — mostly as an exercise in peeling back the onion layers to remember just how much is going on behind the scenes of some of these functions. However, he's simplifying a bit in a few cases (e.g., with the XHR) so be aware of that.
    (tagged: jQuery JavaScript )
  • Alex Sexton, writing at Smashing Magazine:

    A front-end operations engineer would own external performance. […] They own everything past the functionality. They are the bridge between an application’s intent and an application’s reality.

  • James Sommers, writing for Aeon:

    The price of a word is being bid to zero. That one magazine story I’ve been working on has been in production for a year and a half now, it’s been a huge part of my life, it’s soaked up so many after-hours, I’ve done complete rewrites for editors — I’ve done, and will continue to do, just about anything they say — and all for free. There’s no venture capital out there for this; there are no recruiters pursuing me; in writer-town I’m an absolute nothing, the average response time on the emails I send is, like, three and a half weeks. I could put the whole of my energy and talent into an article, everything I think and am, and still it could be worth zero dollars.

    This resonates with me in so many painfully obvious ways.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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