Netflix functions without client-side React, and it’s a good thing

Posted 31 October 2017 A few days ago Netflix tweeted that they’d removed client-side React.js from their landing page and they saw a 50% performance improvement. It caused a bit of a stir. This shouldn’t be a surprise The following: Download HTML & CSS in parallel. Wait for CSS to finish downloading & execute it. Render, and continue rendering as HTML downloads. …is always going to be faster than: Download HTML (it’s tiny). Download CSS & JS in parallel. Wait…

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