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Chapter 5Mastering Lean HTTP Requests

Warm Up

We've learned that latency is one of the biggest bottlenecks when it comes to web performance. The best way to reduce latency is to cut down the amount of HTTP requests the browser has to make, and to minimize the size of each individual asset being requested. In order to understand how to master lean HTTP requests, I will first explain how the browser processes them. After helping you grasp how the browser works, I'll discuss several ways to scale down and optimize HTTP requests, such as image spriting, concatenation, and minification.

Understanding How the Browser Works

By understanding how the browser renders your content, you'll gain a lot of insight into how to structure and order your page ...

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