A large and complex application can take a long time to download in the browser if not optimized. Build tools utilize processes such as code-splitting, minification, dead code elimination, and tree shaking to reduce the size of downloads.
Code splitting is a technique that allows you to split your code into multiple files or chunks that can be loaded as needed.
Minification is a process that removes comments, whitespace, and other unneeded data from your code. References in the code can also be renamed so that the resulting bundle is smaller.
Dead-code elimination aims to remove any code not actually used by the finished application.
Tree shaking is a type of dead-code elimination that searches included modules for files and functions that are not used.
Build tools use combinations of these strategies to help streamline your web applications!
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What is code splitting?
Code Splitting is a technique that allows you to split your code into multiple files or chunks that can be loaded as needed.