Progressive Ember - Random Lodash

A walk through the real effort to transition an enterprise level Ember application to a progressive web application.

Part three: Random Lodash

Dependency Hell

Back in the initial baseline, which you can re-read here, there was an egregious 65 kB in my vendor build from lodash. My application doesn’t use lodash at all, so some transitive dependency is leaking its way in to my application.

Tracking Down

This is tough because of the way Ember treats dependencies. For simplicity, let’s just say everything in your application is treated as a devDependency rather than a dependency. Even addons who specify a dependency, might not actually be injecting these dependencies in to your final production build.

A good example of this is ember-cli-mirage. Mirage has lodash as a dependency, but because Mirage is a testing tool, there’s no need to include it in your production build, so if Mirage is removed from your production build, so are its dependencies.

You can try tools like yarn why or npm ls -ls, but even these won’t be that helpful. If anyone has some secret weapon here, I’d love to hear about it.

I went through the package.json file of all of my 1st party dependencies (dependencies that exist in my own package.json) that would be included in my production build. I flagged any dependency that had either lodash or ember-lodash as a dependency. There was a little trial and error here, removing dependencies re-running broccoli-concat-analyser until I found the winner.

Ultimately the culprit was:

import deepMerge from 'lodash/merge';

This import is in a service that I inject in my application.


The lucky dependency was an addon I need to integrate with Rollbar. Rather than remove this dependency, I opened a pull request. It seems that the only reason that dependency exists in the first place is for one specific instance, to perform a deep merge. This is a perfect example of just because you can ember install something, it doesn’t mean you have to.

At the time of this post, this pull request has not yet merged. In the mean time, if you need to use the slimmed down version, you can use my fork.

Pro Tip: There’s a lot of momentum right now around ember-auto-import for importing any NPM dependency in an Ember application. While this is an amazing addon, do be mindful that at the time of this post, it does add 17 kB to your vendor build.



Include Fonts Lighthouse

No Liquid Fire - Build


No Lodash Lighthouse

No Lodash - Build

Removing 47 kB had a substantial impact on my application’s performance. Time to first paint was down a few hundred milliseconds and main thread work decreased. Things are starting to look much better.

Next up, 54 kB for moment? wtf.

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