[development] Conditionally include include files

Robert Douglass rob at robshouse.net
Tue May 22 07:10:43 UTC 2007

I suppose it goes without saying that people interested in working on 
this seriously should coordinate and perhaps stake claims to modules so 
that efforts aren't duplicated.


Dries Buytaert wrote:
> Hello world,
> I just committed patch http://drupal.org/node/140218, which enables us 
> to split module files into multiple (include) files.  With this patch, 
> it is the router's (menu system) responsibility to load the correct 
> include file -- i.e. the include file that has the active callback's 
> code.  In other words, depending on the active callback, Drupal can 
> conditionally load include files rather than having to load the entire 
> world.
> This is an important patch as it enables us to load less code -- 
> hence, it can offer an important performance boost.  Kudos to all the 
> people who helped make this possible.  :-)
> The patch that has been committed implements the system to accomplish 
> that, but doesn't actually split modules.  There is only one new .inc 
> file that has been committed with this patch that acts as an example.
> Now this patch landed, the natural next step would be to fire up your 
> profilers, and to split a couple more big modules in Drupal core -- 
> and to report back the performance improvements that you observe with 
> that.
> -- 
> Dries Buytaert  ::  http://www.buytaert.net/

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