How to handle UI updates dependent on slow API responses

Published: 4/10/2017
How to handle UI updates dependent on slow API responses
Source: SOFTWAREENGINEERING.STACKEXCHANGE.COM

A project I'm working on currently deals with an API interface that, for many reasons, is slow and cannot be changed to improve speed. I'm talking API responses that take anywhere from 5 seconds to 25 seconds. It's old software, but we have to integrate with it, period. After that API response comes back, we write to a database and then update the UI to reflect the updated state. The problem is

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