As web pages become more and more like applications, code performance becomes more and more important. This article looks at a number of performance issues to avoid, in EcmaScript, DOM and AJAX requests. Covers eval, the with keyword, try/catch in performance-critical code, global variables, implicit object conversion, string concatenation, primitive operations over function calls, repainting and reflowing documents, modifying elements, using XPath.
Michael Mahemoff runs into a problem with Protypes $$ function when looking for class names. Its taking over 90 seconds when more than 100 matches are returned. The advice is: Avoid $$(".classname") on large DOMs.
Christian Heilmann demonstrates delegating events, and compares it to the main alternative of assigning event handlers to each individual node. Its a technique that's important for writing applications that can scale.