Ron DeVera reached out to us a few weeks back to let us know about a new project he’s working on at Mint Digital called AssetHat.

AssetHat is a Rails gem that hopes to make the web a little bit quicker by making front-end assets (CSS, JS and images) load faster (especially on mobile devices). It does the usual minification and concatenation, but unlike others, AssetHat automatically takes advantage of Google’s CDN and cdnJS for loading common third-party libraries. There’s even a little switch to enable LABjs mode, so you can quickly A/B test to see whether LABjs is right for their site.

Google said it best, “Every millisecond counts. Nothing is more valuable than people’s time.” So do what you can to save your users some time and make your project faster.

Example usage

AssetHat is super-easy to set up for Rails 3 (or even Rails 2.3 with Bundler):

Before AssetHat

app/views/layouts/application.html.erb:

<%= stylesheet_link_tag 'reset', 'application', :cache => 'application' %>
<%= javascript_include_tag Rails.env.production? ?
      'http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.6.0/jquery.min.js' :
      'jquery-1.6.0' %>
<%= javascript_include_tag 'plugin1', 'plugin2', :cache => 'plugins' %>
<%= javascript_include_tag 'application' %>

app/views/layouts/admin.html.erb:

<%= stylesheet_link_tag 'reset', 'admin', :cache => 'admin' %>
<%= javascript_include_tag Rails.env.production? ?
      'http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.6.0/jquery.min.js' :
      'jquery-1.6.0' %>
<%= javascript_include_tag 'plugin1', 'plugin2', :cache => 'plugins' %>
<%= javascript_include_tag 'admin' %>

After AssetHat

app/views/layouts/application.html.erb:

<%= include_css :bundle => 'application' %>
<%= include_js  :jquery, :bundles => ['plugins', 'application'] %>

app/views/layouts/admin.html.erb:

<%= include_css :bundle => 'admin' %>
<%= include_js  :jquery, :bundles => ['plugins', 'admin'] %>

Use a config file to keep your layouts lightweight config/assets.yml:

css:
  bundles:
    application: ['reset', 'application']
    admin:       ['reset', 'admin']
js:
  vendors:
    jquery:
      version: 1.6.0
  bundles:
    plugins:     ['plugin1', 'plugin2']
    application: ['application']
    admin:       ['admin']

Installation

Installation and configuration is easy, read the details at their site, or check out the readme for full details.

Learn more

[Source on GitHub] [Homepage]


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