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Lessons in optimizing performance at Vixlet

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Over the past year or so, the web team here at Vixlet has embarked on an exciting journey of moving our entire web application to a React + Redux architecture. It has been a growing opportunity for our entire team and throughout this process, we have some challenges along the way.

Since our web-app can have very large feed views consisting of hundreds if not thousands of media/text/video/link items, we spent considerable time looking for ways to get the most out of React’s performance. Here we will share some of the lessons we have learned along the way.

Disclaimer: The practices and methods described below have been found applicable to the performance needs of our specific application. However, as with all development advice, it’s important to take the needs of your application and team into account. React is pretty fast out of the box, so you may not need as finely-tuned performance as our use case. Nevertheless, we hope you find this post informative.

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Jacob Beltran

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