Rely on Google for your Javascript?

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After reviewing the Google Javascript API project, I am torn. Pro’s and cons below… What do YOU think?

PRO

  • Proper caching done

  • Shared javascript location - no need to re-download if multiple sites use same library

  • Easy to include method, can be as specific as needed for versioning (you can include major, major.minor, etc.)

CON

  • If google goes down, you go down. Well, if caching is done right that doesn’t matter. Plus I’m sure you rely on your host not to go down either…

  • If google ends the service, like they shut down other services, you have to re-architect again.

So, are YOU going to use it?

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