[Dojo-interest] Mitigating long dojo.js load times (redux)

Rob Kinyon rob.kinyon at gmail.com
Fri Sep 22 18:14:34 MDT 2006


On 9/22/06, David McNab <david at rebirthing.co.nz> wrote:
> Just returning to the issue of the time it takes to pull 200+k of
> dojo.js over a dialup connection.

The problem is the requirements, not the engineering. Do you truly
have enough users on dialup? If so, are their machines capable of
handling the CPU/RAM requirements of a webapp requiring 200K (!) of
JS? Broadband penetration in the US (the lowest of all industrialized
nations) is now around 80-85% of all residents. AND, it's a negligible
cost of the average cost of dialup.

It is arguable that building a client-side webapp for anything other
than IE6/FF1.5/Opera9 on broadband is wasting your time. I just
described over 90% of the people who would want to use your webapp.
So, unless you have a significant portion of your userbase who is
going to write you checks that WANTS to use dialup and is willing to
use better browsers and better machines . . .

Do I have to say anything more?

Rob


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