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We all know that since the early ‘90s, Internet usage has exploded. Buying online, booking a trip or communicating with friends and relatives are just a few examples of what all of us are doing every day. The continuous development of broadband connectivity has also made easy the growth of those services and, as more bandwidth becomes available, quality will continued to improve as well. Considering this evolution and looking at the details of its capabilities, it appears Rich Internet Applications are one of the most important elements to improve the user experience in the modern Internet era. From HTML to RIA First let's explore how we got to where we are today by looking at the major steps in the development of the Internet. Back in the ‘90s, HTML came out and was quickly established as the main markup language for web pages. HTML allows images and objects to be e... (more)

The Elusive Goal of the Optimized Website

Recently Microsoft conducted research [1] [2] indicating that a delay of 1 second in page load time means a loss of revenue of 2.8%. Obviously, faster websites lead to huge revenue benefits for ecommerce companies, hence why speed is the dominant industry trend today. That said, improving quality and velocity must remain feasible. Even machines have limits (as well as humans). A key question that emerges is how fast must a website be to appear noticeably better than it does today? The next question is, can load testing get us there? Defining what is faster According to Akamai (r... (more)