jQuery.fn.each vs. jQuery.fn.quickEach

JavaScript performance comparison

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The quickEach method will pass a non-unique jQuery instance to the callback meaning that there will be no need to instantiate a fresh jQuery instance on each iteration. Most of the slow-down inherent in jQuery’s native iterator method (each) is the constant need to have access to jQuery’s methods, and so most developers see constructing multiple instances as no issue… A better approach would be quickEach.

Preparation code

<script src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1/jquery.min.js">
</script>
<script>
  var a = $('<div/>').append(Array(100).join('<a></a>')).find('a');

  jQuery.fn.quickEach = (function() {
    var jq = jQuery([1]);
    return function(c) {
      var i = -1,
          el, len = this.length;
      try {
        while (++i < len && (el = jq[0] = this[i]) && c.call(jq, i, el) !== false);
      } catch (e) {
        delete jq[0];
        throw e;
      }
      delete jq[0];
      return this;
    };
  }());
</script>

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.each()
window.init_all = function() {
  var init_topic = new Array('#all_about', '#all_crafted');
  $.each(init_topic, function(i, v) {
    var c, a, b;
    c = $(v);
    b = $("ol.horizontal", c);
    a = b.find("> li");
    a.width($(window).width());
    a.eq(0).addClass("current");
    b.data("slides", a.length);
    delete a;
    delete b;
    delete c
  });
};
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.quickEach()
window.init_all = function() {
  var init_topic = new Array('#all_about', '#all_crafted');
  jQuery(init_topic).quickEach(function(i) {
    var c, a, b;
    c = $(init_topic[i]);
    b = $("ol.horizontal", c);
    a = b.find("> li");
    a.width($(window).width());
    a.eq(0).addClass("current");
    b.data("slides", a.length);
    delete a;
    delete b;
    delete c
  });
};
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