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From Joe Bohn <>
Subject Re: Reducing the dojo footprint in Geronimo
Date Thu, 26 Jun 2008 18:53:10 GMT

I think that's a great idea!  The more we can reduce the image size the 
better off we'll be (esp. since these items seems extraneous to what we 


Shrey Banga wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been working on the EAR PlanCreator and I've observed that dojo is 
> shipped with all the demos, tests and experimental widgets in place, 
> causing the folder to be about 12.8 MB on the expanded server 
> (2.2-SNAPSHOT).
> Looking at the various folders, I think we can achieve significant 
> reduction in the dojo footprint and eventually of the server itself by 
> removing the following components:
> dojo/tests - 579 KB
> dijit/tests - 551 KB
> dijit/demos - 909 KB
> dojox - 6.82 MB
>  From a geronimo user's perspective, the tests suite is not of much use 
> as they are meant to test the widgets provided by dojo itself which can 
> be tested by separately downloading the given release instead of 
> shipping it with the server. Similarly, the demos, which are used to 
> exhibit dojo's capabilities, can be run directly from dojo's website or 
> downloaded and run locally without the server. Also, people trying to 
> learn from the demos tend to use the css provided for the purpose of the 
> demo, which is not recommended.
> My rationale for removing the dojox is that these are marked as 
> experimental by the dojo community and although some components are used 
> often, keeping 6.8 MBs of code that is still experimental does not make 
> sense. It is better to trust the dojo community to shift components from 
> experimental to stable areas and then use them in further releases.
> Removing the stated components frees up about 8.7 MBs of space on the 
> expanded server, which is huge for a javascript library. Since a 
> Geronimo user can still include these components into his/her webapp 
> we're not really stopping them from using these components, only 
> transferring the overhead of using the lesser used components onto the user.
> -- 
> Shrey Banga
> Bachelor of Technology, III year
> Department of Electrical Engineering
> Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

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