9.5 Wasted Space in HTML
Iâve seen a lot of bad things justified with arguments that âbandwidth is cheapâ and âCPU is cheap.â As you saw in âMyths About Capacityâ, neither statement is true. You should not excuse inefficiency.
Web applications harbor a lot of inefficiency that makes users suffer every day. Suppose a page could be reduced from 200KB to 150KBânot an uncommon reduction, by the way. Thatâs 25% fewer bytes the user has to download. Those 50KB take ten seconds on an average dial-up connection. The extra bytes matter for broadband users, too. Hereâs why.
The application server uses CPU cycles to generate those ...