Tag Archives: Compression

PHP: Easy Javascript compression with closure compiler

Here’s how to fairly easily compress/minify Javascript by using the Closure Compiler Service API.

More or less verbatim how I’m currently doing it over at bibelstudiet.no in my script controller class, and so far it’s been working great. Just remember to cache the result on your server so that you’re not calling the API more than necessary. In my case it’s handled further up the chain by the parent class 🙂

header('Content-Type: text/javascript; charset=utf-8');

$files = ['foo.js', 'bar.js'];

$js = array_map('file_get_contents', $files);
$js = implode(PHP_EOL.PHP_EOL, $script);

$c = curl_init();
curl_setopt_array($ch, array
    CURLOPT_URL => 'https://closure-compiler.appspot.com/compile',
    CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS => http_build_query([
        'language' => 'ECMASCRIPT5',
        'output_info' => 'compiled_code',
        'output_format' => 'text',
        'compilation_level' => 'SIMPLE_OPTIMIZATIONS',
        'js_code' => $js,

if(curl_exec($ch) === FALSE)
    http_response_code(500) and exit("// ERROR: ".curl_error($c));

if(curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_CONTENT_LENGTH_DOWNLOAD ) <= 1)
    echo $js;


Note that if the compilation fails for any reason, the response will be empty. In that case I’ve chosen to output the original Javascript instead so the site doesn’t suddenly break. To check what went wrong, you need to repeat the request, but output_info set to errors instead of inline=”true”>compiled_code.

See their API documentation for more information about the parameters.

Simple log file archiving

Some ESB servers at work produce log files for each day, and they can grow quite large. In addition the log directory becomes annoyingly full which makes it a bit “blah” to grep for recent stuff. So I figured I could save some space by compressing them.

Decided to experiment a bit and created a simple little script to archive the log files for certain months and figured I might as well share it. Especially since it might be handy to learn from later when I’ve forgotten how I did it 😛

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Some speedy WordPress fixes

Used Page Speed for FireFox the other day to analyze my blog. Found a couple of issues and a couple were very simple to fix. If these will work for you, depends a bit on where your WordPress site is hosted and what your web server does already. So, be brave and analyze your own site. Look through the results and see if you can fix some of it without too much hassle 🙂

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