Enough With The JavaScript Already!

Web Performance, Mission City Ballroom B1
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After consulting with several companies on performance related issues, it became clear that one of the biggest performance issues facing websites today is the sheer amount of JavaScript needed to power the page. The demand for more interactive and responsive applications has driven JavaScript usage through the roof. It’s quite common for large sites to end up with over 1 MB of JavaScript code on their page even after minification. But do today’s web applications really need that much JavaScript?

Through an examination of several large websites, this talk shows just how little of a page’s JavaScript is actually used by the time the page is loaded or immediately afterwards. You will also learn about JavaScript library design and how some flawed patterns add to not only more JavaScript code, but also more memory used to run it. In some cases, it might actually be worth your time to write the JavaScript component yourself rather than using an off-the-shelf one.

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Nicholas Zakas


Nicholas C. Zakas is a staff software engineer at Box, author, and speaker. He worked at Yahoo! for almost five years, where he was front-end tech lead for the Yahoo! homepage and a contributor to the YUI library. He is the author of Maintainable JavaScript (O’Reilly, 2012), Professional JavaScript for Web Developers (Wrox, 2012), High Performance JavaScript
(O’Reilly, 2010), and Professional Ajax (Wrox, 2007). Nicholas is a strong advocate for development best practices including progressive enhancement, accessibility, performance, scalability, and maintainability. He blogs regularly at www.nczonline.net and can be found on Twitter via @slicknet.


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