How I made Inkdrop 500ms faster to launch🚀

How I made Inkdrop 500ms faster to launch🚀

Hello, this is Takuya. This week, my focus has been on enhancing the launch speed of the desktop application.


Eliminating filler words like “mm”s, “ah”s, and “eh”s

Before delving into the progress report, I want to share a tip about public speaking. I've been honing my English speaking skills on my vlog channel, and I've seen a noticeable improvement since I started. By the way, JSLegendDev shared some valuable advice in the comments on my channel.

I concur. I often use filler words like "mm", "ah", and "eh" when I'm thinking about what to say next. It's a bad habit and needs to be corrected. Furthermore, omitting these fillers would simplify the editing process for my vlogs.

Let's give it a shot!

🥳 Improving the launch speed of Inkdrop's desktop app

The speed at which an app launches matters to every user. Nobody enjoys waiting for an application to open.

🤯 VSCode launches so fast

As some may know, I usually code using Neovim. Like Inkdrop, VSCode is also an Electron-based app. Apps built on Electron tend to be slow in terms of launch speed. So, I assumed that VSCode would be slow too. However, I was wrong. After launching VSCode for the first time in a while, I was astonished by its quick launch speed. The app opened in approximately 1 second on my laptop - truly impressive. Could the reason be that I haven't installed too many extensions? Regardless, this experience was eye-opening. I had no idea that such speed was achievable for a full-stack IDE.

By contrast, Inkdrop takes roughly 2 seconds to launch, which feels slow in comparison to VSCode. Hence, I resolved to enhance Inkdrop's launch speed.

🚀 Achieved a Launch Speed Improvement of 500-700ms

To cut to the chase, here's the result:

Inkdrop is still a bit slower than VSCode, but it's much more acceptable now. Here's what I did.

🧐 Analyzing Runtime Performance with Developer Tools

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