Re-Introduction to Third-party Scripting

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  • 1. a re-introduction to third-party scripting techtalksTOSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 2. who invited this guy? • name’s ben • former torontonian • working at disqus in san franciscoSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 3. DISQUS • dis·cuss • dĭ-skŭs • third-party commenting platform • customers: CNN, MLB, IGN, and other exciting acronyms • 500 million visitors/monthSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 4. third-party scriptsSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 5. third-party scripts • js written by someone else • executing on your website • loaded from a remote serverSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 6. third-party scriptsSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 7. simple concept, powerful resultsSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 8. ad scripts Google AdSense (http://adsense.com)Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 9. analytics CrazyEgg (http://crazyegg.com)Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 10. embedded widgets Disqus (http://disqus.com)Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 11. widgets cont’d Guestlist (http://guestlistapp.com)Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 12. browser plugins Rapportive (http://rapportive.com)Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 13. js apis/sdks LinkedIn (http://developer.linkedin.com/javascript)Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 14. writing them != easy • operate in unknown, uncontrolled environment • shared DOM, globals • browser limitations • debugging remote sites is hardSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 15. the good newsSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 16. it’s getting better • new browser features • newly discovered techniques (hacks) • powerful new open source libraries • published literature?Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 17. let’s take the tourSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 18. script loadingSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 19. blocking includes • standard script includes block rendering • giving us a bad rep! • culprit: document.writeSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 20. document.writeSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 21. example: github gistsSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 22. embedded gistsSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 23. HTML5’s async attrSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 24. async-friendly insertSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 25. async browser support • Firefox 3.6+ • Chrome 7+ • Safari 5.0 • IE 10 (!) • Notably absent: OperaSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 26. dynamic script creationSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 27. first impressions count • hard to get website owners to update their script includes • people are still using blocking disqus include (deprecated mid-2009) • who still uses blocking GA include?Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 28. shared environmentSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 29. global collisions • unknown scripts executing on same page • may introduce conflicting variables • DOM queries may inadvertently select your elements (or vice versa)Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 30. namespace your js!Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 31. bonus points: html • id=”dsq-comment-8” • class=”dsq-comment” • data-dsq-username=”jimbob” • Bad: class=”dsq-comment active”Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 32. js libs • you should use ‘em • what if they already exist on the page?Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 33. $.noConflict • utility method for assigning jQuery global ($) to a variable • great for namespacing • becoming a standard patternSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 34. libs w/ noConflict • LABjs • Underscore.js • Backbone.js • Ender.js and its assoc. microlibs • easyXDMSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 35. destructive libsSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 36. sandboxing • run your code inside a src-less iframe • clean js environment • no global state leakSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 37. twitter @anywhere • twitter widget library • supports multiple lib versions/ instances per page • each version is sandboxed in a separate iframeSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 38. twitter @anywhere iframe A iframe BSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 39. hiro.js • QUnit-like js testing library • each test suite runs in a new iframe • optional: seed iframe environment Hiro (http://github.com/antonkovalyov/hiro)Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 40. ajaxSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 41. cross-domain ajax • can’t initiate XmlHttpRequest from foo.com to bar.com • same-origin policy (host, port, protocol) • subdomains a ected tooSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 42. w/o same-origin pol. • What if I hosted a page with the following ...Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 43. CORS • Cross-Origin Resource Sharing • special http headers that permit XD access to resources • W3C working draft • Firefox 3.5+, Chrome 3+, Safari 4+, IE8+Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 44. CORS headers Cors Example (http://saltybeagle.com/cors)Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 45. JSONP • load JSON using <script> elements • script element bypasses same-origin policy • built-in helpers in most js frameworksSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 46. JSONP exampleSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 47. JSONP exampleSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 48. JSONP cont’d • only supports GET requests • script loading can’t detect 400, 500 errors (rely on timeouts) • caching complications when generating new response each timeSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 49. postMessage • HTML5 API for cross-window communication • works with iframes, new windows • Firefox 3+, Safari 4+, Chrome (all), IE8+Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 50. postMessage foo.com bar.comSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 51. iframe tunnels foo.com postMessage bar.com/ xhr tunnel.html bar.com/apiSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 52. easyXDM • postMessage-like API for window objs • uses Flash, obscure transport protocols when postMessage is n/a • wider browser support • Disqus, Twitter, Scribd, LinkedIn ... easyXDM (http://easyxdm.net)Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 53. debuggingSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 54. how do you debug this mess?Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 55. switches • serve unminified js for specific sites, users*Sunday, September 18, 2011
  • 56. proxies • send all http tra c to a proxy server • rewrite production urls • from widget.com to ... • localhost • staging.widget.com • newfeature.staging.widget.comSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 57. wrapping upSunday, September 18, 2011
  • 58. thanks • @bentlegen • disqus is hiring js/python/django in san francisco • (canadians welcome) • book coming early 2018Sunday, September 18, 2011