January 2004 - Posts
This is a very good article cum Observation on IIS's HTTP Compression capabilities.
Seems HTTP Compression gonna be a default for future web calls :)
Yeh, TSS.NET is live now. Enjoy the .NET Enterprise community.
Today I have started my .NET Academia (a .NET weblog for students) on thespoke. I want to blog mosrt of my .net basics teachings and tips.
Few words about Spoke : Janaki Ram [Academic Evangelist, Microsoft ] pointed me to Spoke in Microsoft User Group, hyderabad's Student chapter initiative meeting. Spoke has got some cool features like internal blog reader and a blogroll etc...More over this the interesting point is : Microsoft is maintaining this.
Original Source : http://www.port80software.com/
Compression is simultaneously one of the best-supported and most under-utilized technologies available on the Web today.
Both HTTP 1.0 (1996) and HTTP 1.1 (1999) contain support for the "content codings" protocol parameter, the primary purpose of which is to enable compression of Web-based content without loss of data or change in its underlying media type. Since 1.1, HTTP implementations have routinely included support for all of the protocol elements necessary for reliable use of these content codings. Most major browsers like Internet Explorer, Netscape and Opera have supported compression since their fourth generation versions (roughly since 1998/9).
At the HTTP level, compression is primarily supported through the use of a pair of HTTP headers: Accept-Encoding and Content-Encoding. The Accept-Encoding header is sent by browsers to indicate that they can accept a compressed version of the resource being requested, and to specify which of the commonly available compression formats they are capable of decoding. The Content-Encoding header is used by servers to inform browsers that the requested resource is being returned in compressed form, and to indicate which of the supported encodings was used to do the compression.
The most common content encodings used for compression in HTTP are all based on the deflate format -- a combination of LZ77 and Huffman encoding (RFC 1951). The "deflate" encoding combines this deflate fomat with Zlib (RFC 1950), which adds the ADLER-32 checksum. GZip (RFC 1952), wraps the deflate format in a special header and a 32-bit cyclic redundancy check.
Any company with a Web site or Web-based application will benefit from using HTTP compression, whether self hosting or outsourcing dedicated Web servers from a hosting provider. Companies deploy HTTP compression for Web server acceleration, reduced bandwidth and faster perceived page load times for their end-users. HSPs generally leverage compression to reduce bandwidth expenditures.
Depending on the type of Web server you have, there are a variety of HTTP compression solutions available.
Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS)
- httpZip - Given limitations in internal compression features for IIS 5.0 on Windows 2000 and IIS 4.0 on Windows NT, httpZip is the best, most affordable third party tool for fully configurable, safe HTTP compression and acceleration on IIS 5 and 4.
- Internal compression on IIS 6.0 - Microsoft made improving compression with Windows Server 2003 and IIS 6.0 a priority. As a result, this feature is now of sufficiently high quality that third party tools are no longer needed for IIS 6 compression -- check out ZipEnable to manage IIS 6.0 Built-in Compression.
- Xceed's Compression Component for .NET -
Supports the Deflate and Deflate64™ compression methods
Supports the GZip, Zlib, Info-Zip, Java and proprietary compression formats that include embedded checksums to ensure data integrity
Can read/write ".gz" GZip files used on Unix / Linux platforms and provides access to GZip header information fields
True .NET pass-through stream object that can automatically compress or decompress any other type of .NET stream's data
Compress and decompress byte arrays
Calculate CRC-32 and Adler-32 checksums on streams or byte arrays
Controllable compression level for each compression method
Netscape Enterprise Server
- Hardware solution for compression - Consider a reverse proxy hardware compression solution AppCelera or VIGOS.
Apache HTTP Server
- mod_gzip - For the open source Web server, use this implementation of GZip compression for Apache
- mod_deflate - For the open source Web server, use this implementation of Deflate compression for Apache
Error Bank for .NET
Seems good for a reference beside Microsoft KB.
Oh! After a longtime; I am back to my blog desk :)
Good news is : We are going for a Student Chapter for Microsoft User Group , Hyderabad (www.mugh.net)
I am not getting enough time to work on this with Jaffer, Tameem and other MVPs around here. God, give me 28 hours a day :)
[removed inking to “illegal”] :)
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