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An article on how to zip the output stream of an ASP.NET page.

A screenshot of the trace

Introduction

To be on the web with a website that is half successful, you can feel in your wallet pretty quickly. The bandwidth is often a cost factor in the price of a website. Limiting that bandwidth is possible through a few compression standards. I was looking for a way on how to compress my ASP.NET pages when I found the module of Ben Lowery which can be found here. But his implementation never worked properly, not in .NET 1.1 and not in .NET 2.0, at least not in my case.

I downloaded his code and had a read through it, and it was completely .NET 1.1 style and still written like it was using the #ziplib. So, I rewrote his version to something that does work properly and also detects the path properly. In my case, whenever I tried to use his library, the output of my pages was empty.

Using the code

To use the code is pretty easy. Once you've compiled the HttpCompress module, you can add a reference to any .NET 2.0 site. Next, you should set a few parameters in the web.config and you're good to go. If you want to see whether the content is really filtered, you will need something that logs the HTTP pipeline. I use Nikhil Kothari's WebDevHelper BHO to do it. An alternative would be to use Fiddler.

The first thing you can configure are paths and mime-types that are to be excluded from being compressed by the module. I, for one, do not compress any images nor do I compress streaming video etc. because these formats have already been compressed pretty good and you won't be gaining anything significant by compressing them. You are more likely to use more server resources for a small gain.

<configuration>
  <configSections>
    <sectionGroup name="Flanders">
      <section name="HttpCompress" 
        type="Flanders.Library.Modules.HttpCompress.
                 Configuration, HttpCompress"/>
    </sectionGroup>
  </configSections>
  <Flanders>
    <HttpCompress compressionType="GZip">
      <ExcludedPaths>
        <add path="NoCompression.aspx"/>
      </ExcludedPaths>
      <ExcludedMimeTypes>
        <add mime="image/jpeg"/>
      </ExcludedMimeTypes>
    </HttpCompress>
  </Flanders>
  <system.web>
    <httpModules>
      <add name="HttpCompressModule" 
        type="Flanders.Library.Modules.HttpCompress.
                HttpModule,HttpCompress"/>
    </httpModules>
  </system.web>
</configuration>

In the module, you need to hook up an event to the PostReleaseRequeststate. Before, I used to hook it up to the BeginRequest event but this executes way too early for the module to execute. At PostReleaseRequestState, the whole page has executed and its response content has been generated.

   41         public void Init(HttpApplication context)
   42         {
   43             context.PostReleaseRequestState+=
                       new EventHandler(context_PostReleaseRequestState);
   44         }

History

  • 07/01/2006: v.1.0 - Added content to CodeProject and wrote this article.
  • 23/01/2006: v.1.1 - Refactored the module because of problems with JavaScript handling and many more Wink | ;-) .

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The MIT License

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Casual Jim
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Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralRe: httpcompress and focus() Event PinmemberCasual Jim10-May-06 10:30 
GeneralRe: httpcompress and focus() Event Pinmembergablersoftware11-May-06 21:05 
GeneralCompression While Posting Back... Pinmemberalidehghan6-Feb-06 21:00 
GeneralRe: Compression While Posting Back... PinmemberCasual Jim7-Feb-06 8:13 
GeneralCSS & JS Includes Pinmemberjoeyb10003-Feb-06 3:30 
GeneralRe: CSS & JS Includes PinmemberCasual Jim7-Feb-06 8:04 
QuestionHow I check up that "output stream of an ASP.NET page" is done? PinmemberDolonk24-Jan-06 21:17 
AnswerRe: How I check up that "output stream of an ASP.NET page" is done? PinmemberCasual Jim24-Jan-06 22:26 
I use the WebDevHelper BHO from nikhil kothari http://www.nikhilk.net
 
Another option would be to use fiddler
QuestionMedium trust? Pinmemberaerodave22-Jan-06 19:33 
GeneralJavascript nasties Pinmembervaticnz11-Jan-06 9:15 
GeneralRe: Javascript nasties PinmemberCasual Jim22-Jan-06 16:05 
GeneralRe: Javascript nasties Pinmemberahoja7-Feb-06 22:48 
QuestionWhat kind of files should be excluded? PinmemberMorningZ10-Jan-06 6:04 
AnswerRe: What kind of files should be excluded? PinmemberCasual Jim10-Jan-06 8:49 
GeneralFailing in IE6 Pinmemberaerodave9-Jan-06 12:34 
GeneralRe: Failing in IE6 PinmemberCasual Jim10-Jan-06 9:03 
GeneralRe: Failing in IE6 PinmemberCasual Jim22-Jan-06 16:08 
GeneralRe: Failing in IE6 Pinmemberaerodave22-Jan-06 19:31 
GeneralRe: Failing in IE6 PinmemberNeetflash23-May-06 16:08 
GeneralIIS Compression PinmemberJon Sagara6-Jan-06 13:46 
GeneralRe: IIS Compression PinmemberCasual Jim6-Jan-06 13:58 
GeneralRe: IIS Compression PinmemberJoshua Lunsford8-Jan-06 11:39 

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