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Scalable Internet Architectures by Theo Schlossnagle

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Chapter 6. Static Content Serving for Speed and Glory

Application developers place so much focus on efficient web application design that it is easy to ignore an important and simple truth: Most content, by volume and by count, is static. From industries such as online pornography to common news sites, static content rules the screen, and the approaches to serving dynamic content are typically inefficient when used in the realm of static content serving.

What does it mean if static objects are served inefficiently? Pages on a website will appear to “hang” while loading or look incomplete during the process of acquiring all the embedded static objects. Some argue that good page coding can ensure that a page will load and display immediately, ...

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