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MWABP for discussion: JSON parsing vs eval benchmarking.

From: Adam Connors <adamconnors@google.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 12:44:59 +0100
Message-ID: <393b77970905190444u6171e816t1ebf3f37a5bea1f4@mail.gmail.com>
To: Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group WG <public-bpwg@w3.org>
There is a BP in the MWABP which states you shouldn't directly eval() JSON
data but should use a JSON parser instead for security reasons... We came to
this point after a number of more nuanced iterations. However, feedback from
a colleague in the office who did some benchmarking suggests that JSON
parsing is approx. * 10 slower than direct eval(). So... I don't think we
can really make a BP that would require an app to run * 10 slower than it
has to...

I propose:

* Would somebody please volunteer to verify this figure and see if it is
still true. It was true on iPhone 1 and the gap may have narrowed in 2.x,
Android, or other platforms...

* If the gap has narrowed we should keep things as they are and offer some
comment on relative performance eval vs json parsing.

* If the gap hasn't closed I propose that we change this BP to state that
the preferred option is to use eval() but only on trusted data (either you
know it came from your server or you have escaped any user generated
content). And include a rationale based around the performance of json
parsers on mobile devices.

Thoughts ?


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