[wp-hackers] Packing JavaScript

Jeremy Visser jeremy.visser at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 22:30:38 GMT 2007

Omry Yadan wrote:
> 2. obviously reducing the size of the code will make it download faster,
> but does it really matter with today's conditions of fast connections
> and smart browsers that cache everything?

Only if you live in the USA. Consider us poor souls living in Australia.
I gather the 'norm' for broadband speeds in the US is around 8mbit, right?

Well, over in Oz, (where we have to travel by riding flying foxes
everywhere, because otherwise we'd fall into the sky, as everything's
upside-down here), the average broadband speed is 512K. If you live in a
CBD, you can get 24mbit, but that's not affordable for most people.

Plus, often latency is the issue, not bandwidth. Believe it or not, it
takes me 250 milliseconds to ping most websites. I'm sure that someone
in the US would have < 50msec. So, in the 200msec they're ahead of me,
I'm sure they could have executed most of the JS unpacker while mine is
still waiting for a response.

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