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Discussion on: Hating jQuery doesn't make you cool

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Everybody always mentions bytes sent over the network, and that's great to keep in mind, but your gzip number only tells half the story. That prepaid ~30kB network cost that you save is still 86kB of raw JavaScript for the browser to parse, every time.

And as you bring up enormous tools like GitHub etc, note that almost all of them opt for vanilla JavaScript that gets sprinkled in sparsely, and not an outdated library that costs a user a tenth of a MB to parse 🤷‍♂️

But I obviously can't dispute that this little conversation could change anything and that we'll of course see jQuery and friends stick around, and that's okay.