loada

Browser assets preloader with the support of localStorage-based caching and progress tracking

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The Loada

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The kickass in-browser assets (JS/CSS/Text) loader with the support of localStorage caching and progress tracking. The Loada is here to give you control over assets loading order, parallelism, cache expiration and actual code evaluation.

Use it to:

  • Make beautiful preloader of a big RICH browser application
  • Manually control assets cache
  • Preload and manage your code partially in the background (templates, extensions, etc...)

Installation

The Loada is available through Bower as loada.

If you are in the Ruby environment with sprockets around – use gem 'loada' and #= require 'loada'.

Alternatively you can download minified version. But you should not. Seriously. Use package managers. Please.

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Basic usage

The Loada splits your dependencies into sets. Each set is an instance of The Loada. Each set is an atomic cache part: if the number of cached assets changes – unused caches get busted on the next run keeping your localStorage space usage low. You can i.e. have main set, the core of application, and templates that will be treated and cached separately.


Create a set to start:

loader = Loada.set('dependencies') # name of the set defaults to `*` if omitted.

To load an asset with the default options run

loader.require url: '/assets/application.css'

To load several assets one after another (they depend on each other?) run

loader.require {url: '/assets/jquery.js'}, {url: '/assets/application.js'}

And to load an external library that shouldn't be cached at localStorage (but has to be kept at the browser cache) run

loader.require {url: 'http://../facebook.js', localStorage: false}

According to our requires, the assets will be loaded in the following groups (:

  • /assets/application.css in parallel with
  • ( /assets/jquery.js and then /assets/appliation.js ) in parallel with
  • http://../facebook.js

And now that we have our dependencies specified, load'em!

loader.load
  # During downloading you will get this callback called from time to time
  progress: (percents) -> # ...

  # And this one will run as soon as all assets are around
  complete: -> # ...

Progress tracker limitations and advanced usage

The Loada will try to make progress ticks as often as possible. There are some things you should keep in mind to sort it out though:

  • You can pass in size to the asset options to specify download size. This is the most efficient scenario so if you have a chance to count size programmatically – do that.
  • The Loada will run separate HEAD query for every asset with unknown size expecting server to return Content-Length.
  • During downloading it will tick exact percentage for assets with known size and two points at start and finish for every other.

So in the worst case when The Loada was not able to find sizes from any source, you will get percentage split to the number of loading assets. In the best case, when all sizes are known, ticks will happen every 100ms and will be pretty detailed.

Important note: The Loada WILL NOT make separate HEAD queries unless you pass progress callback. So if you don't need the progress tracking feature – you are not hitting the overhead. In the case when you passed progress in and still want to avoid HEAD queries (resulting into "per-library" percentage), pass 0 as the size value to every asset.

Options and Methods

Instance-level options

set = Loada.set 'name',
  prefix: 'foobar'
  localStorage: false
  • prefix: changes localStorage keys prefix (defaults to loada)
  • localStorage: globally turns off the localStorage cache and (unfortunately) detailed progress tracking

Important note: The Loada is only able to work with JS when localStorage mode is disabled.

Asset-level options

set.require
  url: '/assets/application.js'
  key: 'app'
  type: 'js'
  revision: 1
  expires: 5
  cache: true
  require: true
  size: 0
  • url: URL to download asset from
  • key: key to use to store asset within the set (defaults to url)
  • type: type of the asset: css, js or text (The Loada tries to parse URL to get extension if omitted)
  • revision: asset revision to control cache expiration manually – cache will get busted if new value of this option doesn't match the stored one
  • expires: number of hours to keep asset for (defaults to forever cache)
  • cache: pass false in to turn localStorage caching off for this particular asset
  • require: whether asset should be automatically required or just downloaded and cached
  • size: downloadable size of asset to help The Loada with detailed progress tracking

Instance-level methods

get

Gets raw asset source by its key

source = set.get 'app'

expire

Manually triggers expiration check for current storage

set.expire()

clear

Busts all cache of the current set

set.clear()

History

Loada is an extraction from Joosy core.

Maintainers

License

It is free software, and may be redistributed under the terms of MIT license.

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