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A Caching Strategy for Large Dynamic Option Lists

By Sean Geoghegan,

2012 development rails

One of our clients recently had some performance problems with a page that displayed a very large form. This form had a tonne of select boxes with large lists of dynamically generated options. The options were based on some property of the user, e.g. their home state, and in most cases the list of options were completely different for each state. In total, the select boxes took about 500ms to render!

Typically, caching forms is a bad idea, because the content is specific to a single user. To do it in a way that doesn't mess it up for all users, you would have to cache it on a per-user basis, i.e. something like this:

Is it worth upgrading your Rails app to run on ruby 1.9.3?

By Glenn Davy,

2012 operations rails

For one of our larger rails clients, the answer's a definite yes. This site is a shopping cart application where user experience, and retention converts to clicks which convert to dollars.

Shoppers on this site now feel the benefit of a 25% improvement in average response time (sampled across 36hrs) since the upgrade to 1.9.3 was deployed.

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