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Solr Search Engine Integration
We have made some changes to the Magnolia Solr module which will be highlighted. These include: full multi-site support, support for multiple Solr instances, control over which pages to index by using template configurations and Solr document field configurations. The result is a fully configurable module that is easy to maintain. After finishing up out leftover to dos we hope to publish the module to the Magnolia Forge.
Parameter-Based Image Transformations
As we are becoming more and more focused on creating responsive web designs that scale well across various view ports we are experiencing a proliferation of image variations and increasingly complex frontend code to switch between them. In our previous CMS we could create image transformations with request parameters, and we decided to introduce that feature to Magnolia. The implementation and design decisions will be discussed.
Filesystem Image Variation Caching
Magnolia's Imaging module uses the JCR imaging workspace to cache rendered image variations. This has two disadvantages: performance and a larger backup; and no advantages that we are aware of. So we have created a file-based image cache by creating a custom ImageStreamer implementation. The file system path is equal to the JCR path for caching images: the path of the image node plus a reference to the site defenition and the variation name. Because the Imaging servlet currently does not allow you to configure which ImageStreamer instance you want to use for serving cached images, we created our own version of the servlet that uses our own ImageStreamer version.
We've been using this for some time now and image variations are served noticeably faster, while our backup is significantly smaller.