FIT 14.1.3

We have just released FIT 14.1.3. This version comes with a host of exciting new features:

At the core of FIT, there has always been a lot of HTTP functionality, and now there is even more. The new HTTP Cache partially implements RFC7234: FIT will store publicly cacheable responses from source servers according to their cache-related headers (e.g. Cache-Control). That means that fewer resources have to be retrieved from the origin servers, the time-to-first-byte decreases and inlining features will work out of the box. Since the feature is enabled by default, you will automatically benefit from cacheable backends. However, you can still configure caching rules manually or disable caching altogether in your sources.xml.

Besides caching, FIT now supports simple HTTP Range Requests on the client connection. Downloading partial documents has become a popular way to load video files. Thus, FIT now supports video playback and seeking in most browsers/players.

To maintain a readable configuration even for complex settings, the sources.xml file is now filtered. That enables you to use dynamic expressions that for example set different origin servers for development and production setups.

Furthermore, the filtered config files (sources.xml, urlmap.xml, flow.xml) now support Dynamic Attribute Values with the shorthand syntax: attribute="{expression}". This enables you to use DC properties or arbitrary strings computable with XPath in any setting.

For proxy-like setups, especially for the Web Accelerator, you can now configure the FIT frontend domain to have the same name as your origin server. That means, you just have to change your DNS to point to FIT and your setup is ready!

On the feature side, the Web Accelerator has interesting news as well. FIT now incorporates mozjpeg as a bundled third party library. On average, it encodes JPEG images into 25% smaller output files. This can significantly speed up the transfer and rendering of your Web page.

Many CSS files contain redundant, browser specific code. The CSS minifier can now strip unused CSS code with vendor prefixes (like -webkit) that do not apply to the requesting user agent. You have to enable the feature in config.xml.

The head reordering component can now remove duplicate scripts if the same URL is used in more than one script element. You have to enable the feature in config.xml.

All CSS files stored in Adaptive Components can now be combined into a single request with the new option <style-concat>. This may save a lot of HTTP requests in projects that use ACs to modularize their code.

Developers will find that the updated SDK will apply strict XML parsing to configuration files. FIT will throw an exceptions if your configuration is not well-formed. The debug output and log files will provide detailed information regarding the cause of the error.

Also, the vagrant user in the SDK can now write FIT configuration and cache files. Thanks to that, you can e.g. empty the cache of a project without entering the guest system: vagrant ssh -- fitadmin maintenance clearcache <project>

Refer to the full changelog for a more detailed list of changes.

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