The next release candidate for version 1.11.0 is now available.
This release candidate addresses a few bugs, makes some important under-the-hood improvements (e.g. SC.View layout update performance, reducing SC.Event memory churn, avoiding leaking
arguments) and updates the API of SC.ActionSupport. The detailed change log can be viewed here: https://github.com/sproutcore/sproutcore/blob/master/CHANGELOG.md
To install SproutCore 1.11.0.rc2 for testing, please upgrade your previous version of SproutCore by running the following:
gem update sproutcore --prerelease
We will be using your feedback over the next few weeks to finalize 1.11.0, so please be sure to try it out and let us know what issues remain: Github Issues. To discuss the next version or to discuss SproutCore in general, as always please use #sproutcore on IRC or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next release candidate for 1.11.0 will be out very shortly, but I thought it best to post a brief update on the past week’s work as this week saw a concentrated effort on core optimization.
First we took another look at the use of
arguments lists throughout the framework and found several more occurrences of it being accessed in an inefficient manner. Depending on the browser, accessing
arguments in such a way that causes it to be allocated can be up to 80% slower and so it’s really good to have these all fixed.
As I mentioned, this has been very difficult, but we’ve been steadily identifying and replacing Objects (hashes) and Arrays with single shared versions wherever possible. This includes some key high touch areas in SC.View’s layout code and SC.Event’s architecture. In fact, a major refactor of SC.Event was completed in order to re-use a single shared normalized event instance per event type. This means that whereas previously each event (e.g.
touchmove) would allocate a new normalized SC.Event each time, it now re-uses just the one. The affect of all of this work is a slightly flatter memory profile with fewer and smaller saw-tooth garbage collection drops in it. It’s not perfect yet and it’s likely impossible to not allocate a bit of memory on each event, but some exciting progress is being made.