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Google is going to launch a $200,000 fund to sponsor the development and implementation of performance-related features in JavaScript frameworks of third parties. That’s what ZDNet reports.

Frameworks with original ideas to improve performance and the frameworks that provide performance-enhancing features by default are preferred in the distribution of the money in the fund. Framework developers can sign up via a Google sponsorship via a dedicated website.

Nicole Sullivan, Chrome Product Manager, and Malte Ubl, Engineering Lead at the Internet giant, indicate that the popularity, size and adoption of a framework does not count as an important factor to be selected. The aim of the initiative is to help developers achieve their performance goals and to provide their users with high quality, standard user experiences. Google wants to make sure that this is done on a large scale.

Therefore, there is no threshold for an explicit size of the frameworks that may be supported. The company critically analyses the general proposals based on the creativity of the solution, the probability that it will make an impact and the scale on which it can directly influence developers.

Furthermore, the two Google employees mention another important factor, namely whether the function can be activated by default and therefore has a maximum impact. This instead of only being available as an option. More details on funding and the selection process will be announced in the next two weeks.


However, a few details are already known. “We want developers to be creative in addressing and solving the performance problem on the Internet, but at a high level we are looking for features that have a direct impact on charging performance and runtime performance.

This is the first time that Google has shown such interest in the world of JavaScript frameworks, which are often used as the building blocks of many of today’s websites, web-based services and mobile apps. “Frameworks sometimes slow down web apps. But they are also our best hope to make them faster.”

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