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Using "view source" on an app like Gmail or Maps is a terrible way to judge their front-end developers. The JavaScript might have gone through the Closure compiler, which is a seriously cool piece of software. They might treat the markup with something similar, I don't know. I would base my judgement of their front-end team on the quality of the software as a user, and I think Gmail is the best web-based email app and Maps is the best web-based maps app... so I have a lot of respect for their front end teams, regardless of what the source looks like.



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