[wp-hackers] Inline Documentation Effort was a Failure

Jason Webster jason at intraffic.net
Wed May 28 02:31:19 GMT 2008

The jQuery library that WP is shipped with is already packed, and none 
of the other javascript files are large enough to benefit from any soft 
of minification or packing.

Callum Macdonald wrote:
> Otto wrote:
>> PHP's ability to ignore comments is *extremely* fast, and it's highly
>> unlikely that you'd notice any performance difference whatsoever.
>> You'd get a *lot* more speed benefits out of a PHP opcode cache on the
>> server than you ever would with comment removal.
> Agreed. My thought was for download size. WP uses a lot of small 
> functions. If we document each one, it could add 50% to the size of 
> the codebase. No need for every user to download all that extra weight.
> It would be a toss up between the hassle of maintaining the comment 
> stripping code, which would undoubtedly introduce bugs at some point, 
> and the bandwidth / server load / etc cost of everyone downloading the 
> comments.
> As an aside, if we introduced some sort of "build" process, we could 
> potentially pack / compact / etc our javascript files. Might allow for 
> a performance boost.
> Cheers - Callum.
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