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Notes from “Web Application Development with Closure Compiler” talk by Alan Leung on 6/22/11

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Alan visited Twitter on 6/22 and presented an introductory talk on Google’s Closure compiler for JavaScript. Alan is tech lead on Closure team.

Here are the slides:
http://acleung.com/twitter_talk.pdf

Notes

* JavaScript was originally designed for small DOM operations. Now that we’re building large-scale apps in JS, we can use some help.
* Google uses Closure for all but a couple products
* The Closure compiler can perform ~55 optimization passes, including linting code, validating function definitions, performing gzip-optimized compression, trimming dead branches
* Closure can also provide compile-time constants, e.g., “if(INTERNAL){…”, and trim unused branches that result
* Closure uses a graph coloring heuristic for variable renaming

 

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Written by Erik

June 25, 2011 at 11:43 am