JavaScript Bloat in 2024

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  • wordsandbuttons

    A growing collection of interactive tutorials, demos, and quizzes about maths, algorithms, and programming.

    Meanwhile, all the pages on https://wordsandbuttons.online/ with all the animation and interactivity are still below 64 KB.

    This one, for example, https://wordsandbuttons.online/trippy_polynomials_in_arctang... is 51 KB.

    And the code is not at all economical. It's 80% copy-paste with little deviations. There is no attempt to save by being clever either, it's all just good old vanilla JS. And no zipping, no space reduction. The code is perfectly readable when opened with the "View page source" button.

    The trick is - zero dependency policy. No third party, no internal. All the code you need, you get along with the HTML file. Paradoxically, in the long run, copy-paste is a bloat preventor, not a bloat cause.

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    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

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  • civitai

    A repository of models, textual inversions, and more

    Remember The Website Obesity Crisis [1] article from 2015, since then [2] things only got worse, and it is been almost 10 years already (at the end of 2024).

    Is it foolish to say that in 10 more years you wont be able to navigate the web on a circa 2015 PC ? If nothing changes seems like it.

    My old macbook from 2013 with latest Firefox is already can not handle loading https://civitai.com web page with 23.98 MB of JavaScript, it is just hangs for half a minute while trying to render this disaster of web frontend.

    [1] https://idlewords.com/talks/website_obesity.htm

    [2] https://hn.algolia.com/?dateRange=all&page=0&prefix=true&que...

  • ViHN

    Vim for Hacker News

    Coincidently, I have written a browser extension to navigate Hacker News comments using Vi-style key bindings [1]. It has no compilation steps, no npm. It is mostly a 1kLoC file of vanilla JavaScript.

    [1] https://github.com/qsantos/ViHN/

  • qwik

    Instant-loading web apps, without effort

    If you want to see the framework that does it right, check out Qwik.

    Incredibly small JS / CSS bundles. Only loads what it needs.

    https://qwik.dev/

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