You may have noticed some changes in Flickr a couple months back. Like, half the site changed. 95% even, by some metrics. Some say CHANGE IT BACK! while others welcome change. Whatever your thoughts, the changes are here, and they mean things. For example, they mean new visual design and better usability. They mean a faster site. Unfortunately, up until recently, they also meant more stale data. Yuck.
Why? What? Well…here’s the deal. We have a new-ish frontend stack we’ve been using for the past couple years now. It’s an isomorphicsingle-page application, runs on node.js, and is generally awesome. We call it Reboot.
In the World of Reboot, we treat data with kid gloves. We ❤ data. We never want to give it up, never want to let it down. Once we pull data from our APIs, we store the fetched data…
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