Let’s Make the Web Faster

Baden, 6.07.2009 No Kommentare

Now that web is mostly browsed on fast broadband connections using the newer, faster browsers–how do we make the Internet faster? Google has an Idea, and it involves your help.

interspeedLast month Google launched Let’s make the web faster, a web community to help developers create faster web applications. However, the long-term goal is more ambitious; to work together in making the Web a whole lot faster.

Google wants to share what they have learned about web performance with the Internet community. But to optimize the speed of web applications and make browsing the web as fast as possible, Google’s idea is to work together as a community, tackling larger challenges that keep the web slow and prevent it from delivering its full potential.

According to the FAQ:

The web is the most important platform of our times. Hundreds of millions of people use it daily to access information, to communicate and to view and share multimedia content. Improving the speed of the web will help not just Google but the entire web community because it will:

  • Increase the number of internet users globally, thus making information more accessible
  • Help developers produce better more responsive web apps, comparable in performance to desktop apps. This will make the web more engaging to current users, who will start using it more, for tasks that until now were only possible in desktop apps
    Help new applications and markets emerge

Overall we believe that speeding up the web will improve the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people.

„Improve the quality of life for hundreds of millinos of people“ — ambitious indeed.

The Google Group site features tutorials where web professionals share best practices and tips on things like optimizing JavaScript and PHP performance. There is also a list of downloadable tools for testing and measuring changes in performance. And, of course, there is the community itself, where ideas on how to speed up the web are shared and discussed.

Performance should always be a central part of web development. However, as web applications are offsetting the desktop more and more, even 100 to 400 miliseconds is enough to frustrate users.

Can you live with current internet speeds, or do you find yourself frustrated waiting 300 milliseconds for a page to load? Are you willing to do something about it?

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