Official Gmail Blog: A need for speed: the path to a faster loading sequence

Official Gmail Blog: A need for speed: the path to a faster loading sequence

This article is about making Gmail faster. This article mention some of the tools and techniques used for making Gmail faster. Gmail is regretting that performance boost many times goes unnoticed. We tend to remember bad things easily. :)

First, we listed every transaction between the web browser and Google's servers, starting with the moment the "Sign in" button is pressed. To do this, we used a lot of different web development tools, like Httpwatch, WireShark, and Fiddler, plus our own performance measuring systems. These tools all have useful features, although some are limited to working only with certain browsers. The Httpwatch plug-in for Internet Explorer was one that proved easy to use and provided us with most of the information we needed. It really helps that we can capture and save browser traces with it too.