- Crunch your code. Using a processor to strip out extra white space, comments, and anything else reduces the overall size of the code. This is the traditional way of doing things.
- Do both! The ultimate is to use both of these techniques to reduce the file size as much as possible.
So, a plea from a single voice: don’t forget about optimizing your code the old-fashioned way by removing excess and unused functions, avoiding calls to functions that only execute a single statement, and keep your code weight down. You’ll be happy that you did.
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