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From "Erik B. Craig" <>
Subject Re: Reducing the dojo footprint in Geronimo
Date Thu, 26 Jun 2008 19:35:27 GMT

As previously mentioned by Joe, the monitoring console uses pieces from
dojox. This eliminates the possibility of removing the entirety of dojox,
however you could break it apart keeping only the pieces required in, which
would be mildly challenging, because as I recall there are a number of
dependent files included in some of the charting components.

Erik B. Craig

On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 3:33 AM, 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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