45% Faster React Stateless (Functional) Components

When using Stateless Components throughout your React app, the lifecycle events (componentWillMount, componentDidMount, etc.) are still executed. Developer Philippe Lehoux found a way to bypass these, resulting in a 45% speed improvement: What if we could skip React internals for these components? Instead of mounting them as components, let’s just call them as what they […]

Efficiently render large lists and tabular data with react-virtualized

Just like Infinity.js, but then for React. The list is windowed (or “virtualized”) meaning that only the visible rows are rendered. Less DOM nodes = better performance 🙂 Also works with rows that have different heights, something not quite common for this kind of thing. react-virtualized →

Understanding the Critical Rendering Path

When a browser receives the HTML response for a page from the server, there are a lot of steps to be taken before pixels are drawn on the screen. This sequence the browsers needs to run through for the initial paint of the page is called the “Critical Rendering Path”. Good and short writeup on […]

Marky, a high-resolution JavaScript timer

Marky, by Nolan Lawson: JavaScript timer based on performance.mark() and performance.measure(), providing high-resolution timings as well as nice Dev Tools visualizations. For browsers that don’t support performance.mark(), it falls back to performance.now() or Date.now(). In Node, it uses process.hrtime(). The greatest win to me is the visualization in the Dev Tools timeline. After installing it […]

10 things I learned making the fastest site in the world

Great writeup by David Gilbertson on creating this super fast loading website. Try not to make a slow site Do mobile first. Like, really do it. Be a benchmark hussy Client Side Rendering is expensive Don’t server-render HTML Inline stuff, probably Preload, then load Reward good behaviour Service workers: like me in high school (cool […]

Real–world HTTP/2: 400gb of images per day

Michael Mifsud of 99designs: We began a small-scale rollout for static assets earlier this year. After building confidence in our new infrastructure, we began transitioning our static assets to HTTP/2. Surprisingly, some sections of our platform felt noticeably slower. This post will cover our investigation into the performance regressions we experienced by adopting HTTP/2. So, […]

How to animate “box-shadow” with silky smooth performance

How do you animate the box-shadow property in CSS without causing re-paints on every frame, and heavily impacting the performance of your page? Short answer: you don’t. Animating a change of box-shadow will hurt performance. There’s an easy way of mimicking the same effect, however, with minimal re-paints, that should let your animations run at […]