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Feedback on BrowserBoosterPlugin

ALERT! Discussion moved from FirefoxBoosterPluginDev to here due to renaming the plugin.

-- OliverKrueger - 07 Apr 2008

Thank you Oliver for sharing this plugin with the TWikiCommunity!

Some small feedback on the plugin topic:

  • Add this note to the Plugins Installation Instructions section (is listed in NewPluginTemplate):
    Note: You do not need to install anything on the browser to use this plugin. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the plugin on the TWiki server.
  • Add a SHORTDESCRIPTION setting to the Plugin Info section; the reports on twiki.org depend on it.
  • List the %$DEPENDENCIES% (if any, state "none" if none)
  • Add links in the Related Topics section.

For convenience I did that in the FirefoxBoosterPlugin topic.

-- PeterThoeny - 03 Mar 2008

I think this plugin is useful for any browser, not only firefox, at least also for iceweasel, the debian fork of firefox. The speed advantage comes from a reduced number of http request. So there is most gain for network connections with a high latency. I also measured a speed improvement on a local loopback network of ~200ms which is not that much. However on intranets secured via reverse proxies and https each extra http request quickly summs up.

Firefox sometimes does not consult its browser cache to retrieve javascript and css the same way it caches images. It still connects the backend for each with a if-modified-since + if-none-match headers. A properly configured apache will reply with a Status: 304 Not modified message and an empty body. But you will still suffer from the remaining overhead of getting that response.

Another problem of the current implementation is, that it can't embed javascript that are using relative url paths.

It does not work with JQueryPlugin as well, as it has got a <scritp ... </script> tag in its docu, which fucks up the embeded javascript container. A similar error might occur embedding css, not sure.

There's also an issue with page caching like TWikiCache: if the first browser that hits the page is a firefox, any subsequent calls with a different browser on the same page will get the page, optimized for firefox.

So how about renaming this plugin to make it browser agnostic.

Btw. we should compress the page if the agent supports it.

-- MichaelDaum - 04 Mar 2008

Thank you for this plugin. I run it on http://wiki.koalaz.net/ (modified to work for any browser). It is quite interesting combined with the PublicCacheAddOn, as it gzip-compresses the resulting single file.

A "best of both worlds" approach may also be to generate a single css and a single js file, but keep them as external (compressed) files (with a checksum in their name, a la etag) so as to be able to cache them client-side with a big expire delay.

-- ColasNahaboo - 04 Mar 2008

Hi Oliver, here's a FirefoxBoosterPlugin.patch that makes it browser agnostic, fixes javascript being imported from relative url paths, escapes </script> being imported from js files (i.e. it runs fine with JQueryPlugin now) and a couple of other performance mini-fixes.

-- MichaelDaum - 06 Mar 2008

Fixed a typo on FirefoxBoosterPlugin replacing useless with useful. Oliver make sure you fix it in SVN next time you release. What's so specific about this plug-in for it to need 4.2? Will it not work on 4.x?

-- StephaneLenclud - 07 Mar 2008

Michael, could you check in your enhancements after coordinating with Oliver? Possibly obsolete this plugin and rename to BrowserBoosterPlugin since it is now browser agnostic.

-- PeterThoeny - 08 Mar 2008

Peter, yes, but I wait til Oliver comes back from this year's CeBIT and we can talk.

-- MichaelDaum - 08 Mar 2008

With Firefox on a Mac I don't see any js or css in the topic. Sorry, these are pages that are cached when viewing with another browser. Fixed by Michael's patch.

-- ArthurClemens - 10 Mar 2008

Enabling the plugin destroys twisties, without any js errors.

-- ArthurClemens - 12 Mar 2008

Arthur, even if you apply my patch?

-- MichaelDaum - 13 Mar 2008

Yes, I did use your patch.

  • It might have something to do with either the document.write in !TWikiJavsScripts/twikiStyles.js or with the order of the added css elements. -- ArthurClemens - 14 Mar 2008

-- ArthurClemens - 13 Mar 2008

Most probably the twisty.[js,css] files don't make it to the html page... or they disturb the style container in the header where it ends up.

-- MichaelDaum - 13 Mar 2008

Sorry everyone for not following this topic. I came down with a bad cold after the CeBIT.

Ok, back to work. smile

@Peter: Installation instructions, installer etc were planned for the first release of the plugin. I just uploaded onto t.o. after a small chat on IRC.

@Michael: Thanks for the patch. I will take a look at it tomorrow and Im sure, I will integrate it for the first release.

@4.2 Dependency: Freetown is needed, because the plugin uses a new plugin hook.

@all: Thanks for showing me, that this hack is useful for more than I thought about. wink

@Rename: BrowserBoosterPlugin sounds nice. smile

-- OliverKrueger - 13 Mar 2008

Bugs:Item5590 "EditTablePlugin does not work", patch provided. Oliver could you please check. Btw. the plugin topic is missing the TWikiForm.

-- MichaelDaum - 30 Apr 2008

I changed the modification policy of this extension from PleaseFeelFreeToModify to ContactAuthorFirst because the authors are no longer active with the community for over 2 years. Anyone interested in maintaining this extension?

-- PeterThoeny - 2011-05-04

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