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Web Performance in Action: Building Fast Web Pages by Jeremy L. Wagner

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Chapter 11. Looking to the future with HTTP/2

This chapter covers

  • Learning the history of HTTP/1 and its problems
  • Exploring the evolution of HTTP/2
  • Understanding request multiplexing and header compression, new in HTTP/2
  • Exploring how optimization practices differ between HTTP/1 and HTTP/2
  • Speeding the delivery of crucial page assets by using Server Push
  • Optimizing for HTTP/1 and HTTP/2 clients on the same server

The web is changing. For years, users and developers have been vexed by the limitations of the HTTP/1 protocol. Although developers have been squeezing every last drop of performance from this aging protocol, we must accept that it’s time to move on and adopt HTTP/2.

This chapter covers the problems inherent in HTTP/1 as well ...

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