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Re: Shrinking existing libraries as a goal

From: Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2012 07:17:05 -0400
Message-ID: <4FB4DE31.4000500@nokia.com>
To: ext Ojan Vafai <ojan@chromium.org>, Yehuda Katz <wycats@gmail.com>
CC: public-webapps@w3.org, public-scriptlib@w3.org
FYI, a Script Library Community Group (Cc'ed) was formed some time ago 
and it may have some similar interest(s) 
<http://www.w3.org/community/scriptlib/> (although their mail list 
archive indicates the CG isn't very active).

Perhaps someone in that CG has some comments on Yehuda' email.


P.S. Yehuda's email archive is 

On 5/16/12 10:13 PM, ext Ojan Vafai wrote:
> In principle, I agree with this as a valid goal. It's one among many 
> though, so the devil is in the details of each specific proposal to 
> balance out this goal with others (e.g. keeping the platform 
> consistent). I'd love to see your list of proposals of what it would 
> take to considerably shrink jQuery.
> On Tue, May 15, 2012 at 9:32 PM, Yehuda Katz <wycats@gmail.com 
> <mailto: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 <tel:718.877.1325>
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