Puakma: Under the hood

I'm Brendon Upson, jack-of-all-trades, master of one or two. I'm talking about life running a small ISV tackling business issues and leaping technology hurdles in a single bound.

webWise Network Consultants is based in Sydney, Australia and develops the groundbreaking Tornado Server technology.

Idea #21887 for Tornado server

Filed under: by Brendon Upson on 2009-03-19

In our project management app ProjectReator, there's a bunch of web 2.0 (gee I HATE that term!) whizzbangery. Like popup calendars, prototype, scriptaculous, shadowed boxes, flyout menus, ...  Each of these typically uses its own .js and .css file(s). It works great, but the rub is performance.

In the land of http, when you request a page, your browser gets the page back, looks in the <head> for css and javascript includes and makes suibsequent requests for them. Wouldn't it be great if the browser pulled down only one .css file and one .js file? Hmm yes but as a developer what a nightmare to update one HUGE file instead of a few small ones.

So here's the idea.

On the Tornado server side, create a new design element which contains a list of all the files to concatenate in its response. For example, the page has 'all.css' listed in the <head> when the browser asks the server for 'all.css' it known to grab all the css files (resources) listed that resource and return them as a single reply.

The best of both worlds, from a programming and maintenance perspective things are easy to manage and from a performance perspective the site appears snappy. Now I just have to build it...

Product reinvigoration - Single Signon

Filed under: by Brendon Upson on 2009-03-04

In the last 12 months we have been blindsided by a huge amount of consulting work, building apps on top of Tornado Server. While this has been a busy and interesting time, it has unfortunately removed resources from developing and improving our products. To that end, last week I decided that we really must dedicate time to make booster all that it can be. Looking at the feedback we've garnered from customers and partners over the last period, here's the short list:

- Better documentation of the configuration settings, particularly in puakma.config.
- A web UI to make managing, monitoring and setting up booster much easier
- A more flexible licensing model for very small customers (eg companies with <100 users). Booster is now affordable for one person companies!
- A reseller branded version so that users know to contact the reseller for on site help, upgrades etc


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