What is minify? - Definition from WhatIs.com
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Code minification is the removal of unnecessary characters from source code. Mini, when used as a prefix, means small.  The goal of minification is to make source code "smaller" and improve performance. 

The term minification is often associated with interpreted scripted languages, such as JavaScript, that are deployed and transmitted over the Internet. Code that has been minified by replacing runs of spaces by a single space, for example, is more lightweight and takes less time for a browser to load. Popular minification tools for Web development include YUI Compressor, Google Closure Compiler, UglifyJS and JSMin.

Conceptually, minification is similar to compression.  Unlike code that has been compressed, however, code that has minified can still be worked with without requiring the extra step of decompression

In some areas of programming, minification is also known as de-obfuscation

This was last updated in June 2012
Contributor(s): Christine Guarrera
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