Comparing RequestReduce with other popular minifiers

19. December 2011 16:10 by Matt Wrock in RequestReduce  //  Tags:   //   Comments
I have been asked several times now how RequestReduce compares or is different to such popular minification and bundling solutions like squishit, cassette and the upcoming Asp.Net 4.5 Minification and Bundling features. Before I say anything let me comment that RequestReduce is an OSS project and I ... [More]

Setting Response.Filter after Response.Redirect can cause a Filtering is not allowed HttpException

17. December 2011 19:02 by Matt Wrock in   //  Tags:   //   Comments
I ran into this error on a RequestReduce bug and there was not a whole lot of information pointing to a cause and remedy. So I’m posting this in the hopes that it will help the Google Lords find a solution more quickly for others. So if you are using Razor templates in Asp.Net and you issue a... [More]

Microsoft blogging platform gains 33% performance boost after adopting RequestReduce

15. December 2011 08:52 by Matt Wrock in RequestReduce  //  Tags:   //   Comments
Here is a Keynote performance graph covering a few hours before and after launch. Looks good to me. A win for Microsoft. Another win for the Open Source Community Today Microsoft completed its onboarding of RequestReduce on its MSDN and Technet blogging platform. Huge thanks and shout out to Ma... [More]

Released RequestReduce.SassLessCoffee: Now have RequestReduce compile your .less, .sass, .scss and .coffee files before minifying and bundling them

13. December 2011 16:26 by Matt Wrock in RequestReduce  //  Tags:   //   Comments
I’ve been wanting to get this post out for a few days since I launched this last Friday. I have to make this quick before I hop in the shower to go to work. I owe at least that to my coworkers. Less, Sass and Coffee script compiling I’ve had a few RequestReduce users asking me about ad... [More]

Unit Testing ASP.Net Http Handlers and a discussion of Auto Mocking and the Testable pattern

7. December 2011 15:16 by Matt Wrock in   //  Tags:   //   Comments
This post was originally entitled Unit Testing ASP.Net Http Handlers and my intent was a quickie (5 minute) post on overriding ProcessRequest in a test friendly manner. Then, struck by diarrhea of the fingers, I found myself going off on unit testing practices and discussing a pattern I don’t hear a... [More]

Track Nuget Downloads using OData, RSS and

28. November 2011 11:24 by Matt Wrock in   //  Tags:   //   Comments
In this post I am going to show you how you can be notified of new downloads of any Nuget package via email from a service that will poll Nuget every 15 minutes. If email sounds overly intrusive, there are other options. So If this sounds interesting, read on. If you have open source projects hoste... [More]

Adding CSS Inheritance Resolution to RequestReduce Sprite Generation Process

20. November 2011 18:43 by Matt Wrock in RequestReduce  //  Tags:   //   Comments
UPDATE: This functionality was released on 1/9/12 in v1.7.0. Currently RequestReduce is unable to sprite alot of background images because of its limitation of treating each css class as an atomic unit. Inheritable dimensions and padding is lost which either makes an image unspritable by RequestRed... [More]

Installing an HttpModule via Dropping in the bin without Editing Web.config

13. November 2011 05:40 by Matt Wrock in   //  Tags:   //   Comments
Last week another team wanted to use an HttpModule I had written. The problem is that they had no access to the hosting platform of their content. Their DLLs are consumed via MEF by a rather large infrastructure affectionately known as MTPS or what the world knows as the MSDN Library. Unfortunately... [More]

Released RequestReduce 1.5 Supporting Custom Minifiers and a Critical Performance Fix for v1.4

11. November 2011 13:07 by Matt Wrock in RequestReduce  //  Tags:   //   Comments
I just released RequestReduce v1.5 on Nuget and on If you are currently on v1.4, you will definitely want to upgrade to this new version. There was a misconfiguration in v1.4 causing a Regex to recompile on every call. The impact will vary depending on the number of sc... [More]

Microsoft’s MSDN and Technet Forums and Search adopt RequestReduce for Web Performance Optimization

6. November 2011 12:40 by Matt Wrock in RequestReduce  //  Tags:   //   Comments
This week RequestReduce was launched on Microsoft’s MSDN and Technet web sites specifically with the Forums and Search applications. So if you ever land on a Forums page within these sites or conduct a search within the MSDN or Technet environment, RequestReduce is crunching and merging the CS... [More]

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I'm Matt Wrock with over fifteen years of experience architecting scalable, distributed, high traffic web applications as well as environment and deployment automation. I currently live in Woodinville, WA with my wife, two daughters, four dogs and two cats. Until just recently I worked for Microsoft as a Sr. Software Engineer and now work for CenturyLink Cloud focusing on data center automation. I'm also project founder of and a committer to

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