High Performance JavaScript

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If you're like most developers, you rely heavily on JavaScript to build interactive and quick-responding web applications. The problem is that all of those lines of JavaScript code can slow down your apps. This book reveals techniques and strategies to help you eliminate performance bottlenecks during development. You'll learn how to improve execution time, downloading, interaction with the DOM, page life cycle, and more.

Yahoo! frontend engineer Nicholas C. Zakas and five other...

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Overview

If you're like most developers, you rely heavily on JavaScript to build interactive and quick-responding web applications. The problem is that all of those lines of JavaScript code can slow down your apps. This book reveals techniques and strategies to help you eliminate performance bottlenecks during development. You'll learn how to improve execution time, downloading, interaction with the DOM, page life cycle, and more.

Yahoo! frontend engineer Nicholas C. Zakas and five other JavaScript experts—Ross Harmes, Julien Lecomte, Steven Levithan, Stoyan Stefanov, and Matt Sweeney—demonstrate optimal ways to load code onto a page, and offer programming tips to help your JavaScript run as efficiently and quickly as possible. You'll learn the best practices to build and deploy your files to a production environment, and tools that can help you find problems once your site goes live.

  • Identify problem code and use faster alternatives to accomplish the same task
  • Improve scripts by learning how JavaScript stores and accesses data
  • Implement JavaScript code so that it doesn't slow down interaction with the DOM
  • Use optimization techniques to improve runtime performance
  • Learn ways to ensure the UI is responsive at all times
  • Achieve faster client-server communication
  • Use a build system to minify files, and HTTP compression to deliver them to the browser
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596802790
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 695,546
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas C. Zakas is a Web Software Engineer who specializes in user interface design and implementation for Web applications using JavaScript, Dynamic HTML, CSS, XML, and XSLT. He is currently principal front end engineer for the Yahoo! homepage and is a contributor to the Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) library, having written the Cookie Utility, Profiler, and YUI Test.

Nicholas is the author of Professional JavaScript for Web Developers and a co-author on Professional Ajax, and has contributed to other books. He has also written several online articles for WebReference, Sitepoint, and the YUI Blog.

Nicholas regularly gives talks about Web development, JavaScript, and best practices. He has given talks at companies such as Yahoo!, LinkedIn, Google, and NASA, and conferences such as the Ajax Experience, the Rich Web Experience, and Velocity.

Through his writing and speaking, Nicholas seeks to teach others the valuable lessons he's learned while working on some of the most popular and demanding Web applications in the world.

For more information on Nicholas: http://www.nczonline.net/about/

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Loading and Execution
  • Chapter 2: Data Access
  • Chapter 3: DOM Scripting
  • Chapter 4: Algorithms and Flow Control
  • Chapter 5: Strings and Regular Expressions
  • Chapter 6: Responsive Interfaces
  • Chapter 7: Ajax
  • Chapter 8: Programming Practices
  • Chapter 9: Building and Deploying High-Performance JavaScript Applications
  • Chapter 10: Tools
  • Colophon

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