• Sep 25 2014

    Looking Closer: What Happens When You Type a URL in the Browser?

    BY: Susan Williams
    Everyday we visit tens, even hundreds of websites. We type in a URL, hit enter and, like magic, a website appears. Yes, we know that the page is made up of HTML, this little piece had to go fetch something from the database to display my name and all the code someone had to write in order for the site to function properly. But do you ever think about what happens in the small amount of time between when you hit 'enter' and when the browser starts to render the page?
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