Learn how your computer "talks" to a website.
In this course, you will learn how your computer (and web browser) communicate with a website. When you go to http://www.yourwebsite.com your browser is doing a lot of things behind the scenes, including "making requests" and "accepting responses".
As a web developer, it's vital to know how these things work. This is one of those skills that separates good developers from great developers — aim to be great!
When you ask a website for information, your browser makes a request for information. The server then checks to see if you're allowed to see certain things and use certain files, and gives you the data (and files) you need to display the website.
Your browser will then download all the files it needs, piece them together, and display the website.
When you ask a website for information, the server you're talking to gives you files to download. Your browser safely does this in the background and puts all the different files together. If it needs to make more requests, it will make more requests and await another server response.
In this course, you will learn how all of this works, why it's important to know all this, and how to check in on your requests and responses.
You will explore your request/response lifecycles in your browser to get hands on experience with how your computer is talking to websites.
This is a really good exercise and skill to have when trying to optimize website load speeds.
One of the top-ranking factors with search engines like Google is how fast your website can actually load, and one of the biggest factors we can control is how many requests and responses the server has to make before the website is fully rendered.
With this project, you'll learn how to "snoop" on your browser requests and see all the responses. You'll even filter through all the data to find specific files you want to look for.
Don't forget to take a screenshot of your network panel and share it in your Arbington Project!
Hi everybody! I'm Kalob Taulien.
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