Twitter hashbang walloped

Dan Webb, Twitter's engineering manager, web core team, has outlined in a blog post that Twitter is to rework its underlying architecture in order to boost performance. The changes will see Twitter move way from the JavaScript-heavy web application architecture approach of late 2010, with the company "working to take back control of […] front-end performance by moving the rendering to the server".

According to Webb, initial page load times will be one-fifth of what they were previously, and other changes should help Twitter's team to more rapidly add new features in the future. One of the most obvious changes to those who pay attention to web addresses will be the hashbang's removal during the transition. "When you come to, we want you to see content as soon as possible. With hashbang URLs, the browser needs to download an HTML page, download and execute some JavaScript, recognize the hashbang path (which is only visible to the browser), then fetch and render the content for that URL," explained Webb. "By removing the need to handle routing on the client, we remove many of these steps and reduce the time it takes for you to find out what's happening on"

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