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JavaScript at Scale

By : Adam Boduch
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JavaScript at Scale

By: Adam Boduch

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (17 chapters)
JavaScript at Scale
About the Author
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Performance and complexity

With robust failure detection and recovery in place, it's time to turn our attention to the performance and complexity implications they introduce. With any large scale JavaScript application, nothing is free—with every gain, there's a new scaling challenge. Failure handling is just one of those gains.

The two closely related scaling factors related to failure handling are performance and complexity. Our software fails in interesting ways, and there's no elegant way to handle them, resulting in complex implementations. Complex code is generally not very good for performance. So we'll start by looking at what makes our exception-handling code slow.

Exception handling

When we handle exceptions in JavaScript, we generally catch all errors that get thrown. Whether it's something we anticipate being thrown, or something that's out of the blue, it's up to the exception handler to then figure out what to do with the error. For example, does it shut the component down, or...