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Re: Shrinking existing libraries as a goal

From: Brian LeRoux <b@brian.io>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2012 06:43:24 +0200
Message-ID: <CADVgkyOG7bM4DXUw8nau1UWzdxZKHAsaHAb9h26z_dnHxYCMow@mail.gmail.com>
To: Yehuda Katz <wycats@gmail.com>
Cc: public-webapps@w3.org
+1

We've been saying this for a long time on the PhoneGap team. Indeed,
it is happening, as evidenced by libs like xuijs and zepto, but having
a stated goal and formal process to monitor and respond to community
hacks, shims, libs, and practices would be great.


On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 6:32 AM, Yehuda Katz <wycats@gmail.com> wrote:
> In the past year or so, I've participated in a number of threads that were
> implicitly about adding features to browsers that would shrink the size of
> existing libraries.
>
> Inevitably, those discussions end up litigating whether making it easier for
> jQuery (or some other library) to do the task is a good idea in the first
> place.
>
> While those discussions are extremely useful, I feel it would be useful for
> a group to focus on proposals that would shrink the size of existing
> libraries with the implicit assumption that it was a good idea.
>
> From some basic experimentation I've personally done with the jQuery
> codebase, I feel that such a group could rather quickly identify enough
> areas to make a much smaller version of jQuery that ran on modern browsers
> plausible. I also think that having data to support or refute that assertion
> would be useful, as it's often made casually in meta-discussions.
>
> If there is a strong reason that people feel that a focused effort to
> identify ways to shrink existing popular libraries in new browsers would be
> a bad idea, I'd be very interested to hear it.
>
> Thanks so much for your consideration,
>
> Yehuda Katz
> jQuery Foundation
> (ph) 718.877.1325
Received on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 04:43:54 GMT

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