Verify that this is an acceptable HttpCompression module?

Posted on 2010-01-09
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Last Modified: 2013-12-17
Hello experts.

I am attempting to improve performance on my site.  I am writing my own http compression module, and I just basically need a few opinions on whether or not this is an acceptable approach.

I am using a lot of Microsoft Ajax on my site (just the stuff that comes with Visual Studio, nothing fancy like Telerik or 3rd party controls)

When I engage this httpModule in my web config, it considerably drops the size of data transfer on each initial page load and ALSO on each subsequent ajax call.  It would appear that everything is working fine.  However, I am kind of feeling that this is too easy, and that I am perhaps missing something very important.  

Please review the below code and give me your thoughts.  Thank you!
public class HttpCompressionModule: IHttpModule
        public void Dispose()


        public void Init(HttpApplication application)
            application.BeginRequest += new EventHandler(context_BeginRequest);

        void context_BeginRequest(object sender, EventArgs e)
            HttpApplication app = (HttpApplication)sender;

            string currentPath = app.Request.CurrentExecutionFilePath;
            string ext = Path.GetExtension(currentPath).ToLower();

            switch (ext)
                case ".axd":

            // Accepted encodings
            string encodings = app.Request.Headers.Get("Accept-Encoding");

            // No encodings; stop HTTP Module processing
            if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(encodings))

            // Current response stream
            Stream baseStream = app.Response.Filter;

            // Determine the requested encoding
            if (encodings.Contains("gzip"))
                app.Response.Filter = new GZipStream(baseStream, CompressionMode.Compress);
                app.Response.AppendHeader("Content-Encoding", "gzip");
            else if (encodings.Contains("deflate"))
                app.Response.Filter = new DeflateStream(baseStream, CompressionMode.Compress);
                app.Response.AppendHeader("Content-Encoding", "deflate");

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Deathrace earned 2000 total points
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Nice try, one more article to help you

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