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A refinement here, a re-factor there Put scripts at the bottom of the document? Minify and compress? Concatenate and package? So on the one hand you say: "I guess I can sleep a little easier at night knowing that our build system adheres to the best practices recommended by the experts out there. Again: not that this makes it without merit. I unfortunately waited too long to read it. As the foreword notes at the time the book was written the browser landscape was drastically different than it is as we start Certain chapters still hold relevant nuggets of advice but overall this book is no longer a must read, in particular all of the browser benchmarks need to be rerun on modern browsers.
DOM Scripting advice still holds true and is a driver behind libraries like React. Most of Algorithms and Flow Control and Strings and Regular Expressions is still relevant, especially issues with backtracking. Responsive Interfaces and Programming Practices have some good ideas.