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7.2.2 Load time

Load time is not typically of paramount importance, but loading large complex geometric models and texture images can become very time consuming, particularly if the models are loaded across the Internet. Like other objectives, load−time objectives should be set and adhered to throughout the development phase.


Before your application’s data can be loaded, the JVM must be loaded from disk and started. The time taken to load the JVM is heavily dependent upon available physical memory, and it can take minutes to load the JVM on machines with less than 64 MB. You must seriously consider using delayed loading techniques for application data to ensure that the user is not left waiting for several minutes for your application to complete startup.