berraily berraily - 1 day ago 5
Javascript Question

Source Maps on Production. Are they necessary?

I have a gulp task created with a Node Module which invoke the GCC compiler whom reduce my JS code a little bit. It's node-minify.

The problem is that it's not "pipe-out" and I can't use pipes to create the sourcemaps created previously with "uglify" gulp module ("gulp-uglify") on other task.

gulp.task('gcc', function () {
new compressor.minify({
type: 'gcc',
fileIn: mainFileBundled,
fileOut: mainFileBundled2,
callback: function (err, min) {
console.log(err);
//console.log(min);
}
});
});


It would be the last task to do before put the code on production with the intention to minify even more the js files.

So my question is. It would be necessary to put source maps on production with the premise that we want to protect the code as much as posible?

Answer

No, you only need source maps if you want to use them to debug the code.


Side note: Don't worry about the //# sourceMappingURL=... line in the file (if it survives your minification process). Browsers will only attempt to download the source map if you open dev tools and go to the code panel, so you won't be getting 404s for the missing maps in normal use. It's not ideal, and hopefully your process removes them, but if they're there it's mostly harmless. Of course, if someone did open the dev tools and go to the code panel, yes, the browser would try to get the file (and presumably fail, as you haven't put them on production).

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