I hope you are all healthy. Like everyone in Europe (and much of the rest of the world) we’ve been working from home the last few weeks. We’ve used the quarantine time to pull forward a few long-planned infrastructure improvements.
I’m pleased to announce that last week we rolled out full support for API requests using the HTTP/2 protocol. We of course also continue to support the more commonly used HTTP 1.1 protocol. I won’t attempt to use this post to summarize the various differences between HTTP 1.1; Wikipedia is - as always - a great place to start if you want to learn more about HTTP/2, but basically this will help make API requests slightly faster.
No action is needed, some software already supports HTTP/2 and tries to use it by default, more will no doubt appear in the future as HTTP/2 becomes more common. We just wanted to highlight the type of continual work that is being done to keep the API humming along quickly. We have several more such upgrades and improvements rolling out in the coming months. We will keep you posted.
These improvements are made possible by relying on phenomenal open-source software, in this case the HAProxy project specifically. Thank you to all contributors!
Stay healthy, and happy geocoding,
- PS: yes HTTP/3 is coming.