detach vs DOM opetarion

JavaScript performance comparison

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<script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<div id="container"></div>
 
<script>
Benchmark.prototype.setup = function() {
    $('#container').html('');
    $('<ul><li>Test</li></ul>').appendTo('#container');
};
</script>

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detach
(function() {
    var ul = $('ul');
    var li = $('li');
   
    li.click(function() {
        var $this = $(this);
        if ($this.hasClass('highlight'))
            $this.removeClass('highlight');
        else
            $this.addClass('highlight');
    });
   
    li.detach();
   
    for(var i = 0; i < 20; i++) {
        li.text('li ' + i).clone(true).appendTo(ul);
    }
})();
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DOM operation
(function() {
    var ul = $('ul');
    var li = $('li');
   
    li.click(function() {
        var $this = $(this);
        if ($this.hasClass('highlight'))
            $this.removeClass('highlight');
        else
            $this.addClass('highlight');
    });
   
    //li.detach();
   
    for(var i = 0; i < 20; i++) {
        li.text('li ' + i);//.clone(true).appendTo(ul);
    }
})();
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