Now we know that the web is based on text, but images are what make the web a killer app. Imagine if you went to Amazon to buy something and only had a paragraph describing each item. Facebook is built on the idea that you see pictures of your friends. And Pinterest without images wouldn’t even exist. (They all rely on databases too. But that’s another post.)
How does your browser know where to get those images? Continue reading
If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably someone who uses the Web just about every day. Most people I know who have a computer at home got that computer in order to send email and surf the Web. And most of what I’m studying at school has to do with the web one way or another, whether it’s building a database that powers a website, handling networks, or even just using the web to collaborate on a project.
There is quite a bit going on behind the scenes when you go to a site like Amazon. Understanding what’s going on under the hood can help you recognize good and bad website design, decide what browser to use, know what browser settings you would like to tweek, and figure out where to start looking when something goes wrong. All without writing a single line of code.
First, we need a little bit of background that will set us up for the fun and useful stuff. Let’s dig in!