Ruby Script to Inline JavaScript and CSS

Posted on 28 January 2009 by Johannes Fahrenkrug. Tags: JavaScript Programming Ruby OpenSocial

MySpace requires that OpenSocial applications don’t reference external JavaScript and CSS files in the profile view. Of course from a “I’m a spiffy developer that neatly separates all his files” point of view inlining JavaScript and CSS is a Bad Thing®. From a performance point of view, inlining stuff often makes a lot of sense.

So what are we to do?

Well, I just wrote a small Ruby script that understands inline markers like ###inline=somefile.js in your HTML/OpenSocial/XML/Whatever file. Yes, I could have used ERB or something else, but I felt like writing my own ;-). You just put code like this into your file:

<script type="text/javascript">
<style type="text/css">

Then, assuming that your file is called “template.xml”, running it through inliner.rb like this…

ruby inliner.rb template.xml inlined_output.xml

…will result in one file with both your JavaScript and your CSS files inlined.

Here’s the code:

Oh, and with this little snippet you can even inline binary images:



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