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Up-to-date 2.x versions of apostrophe and, if you are using it, apostrophe-workflow.


npm install apostrophe-optimizer
// in `app.js`
modules: {
  'apostrophe-optimizer': {
    // Periodically print an update of direct mongo queries vs eliminated queries
    stats: true,
    // Print verbose information about queries that could not be optimized
    // (those not limited to prefetched ids, and those with MongoDB operators
    // not supported by Swift). DEBUG SLOWS IT DOWN, do NOT leave on during speed tests
    debug: true

This module accelerates Apostrophe by reducing the number of MongoDB queries.

The module works by noting the simple unique keys (_id, slug, path) used in queries for a given URL, then prefetching documents matching those keys before normal queries in middleware when the URL is next accessed. If a subsequent query provably depends only on the docs in that collection, it is then satisfied within Apostrophe, using the Sift library to implement MongoDB-compatible queries. Otherwise it passes through to MongoDB. Thus this is not a cache, beyond the lifetime of a single req at least, and does not lead to issues with stale data under normal circumstances.

For queries that cannot be handled by sift, MongoDB is queried directly.

When to use it

When MongoDB is on a separate server and there is significant latency between them, you'll find that the latency makes minimizing consecutive queries a big win. When it takes time to communicate with MongoDB, there is a big advantage in using this module. There is also an advantage when using additional Node.js CPU time is cheaper for you than processing additional MongoDB queries.

When network latency to MongoDB is around 10ms, a speedup between 30% and 50% has been observed. Your mileage may vary; see "gathering stats on performance," below.

When not to use it

When MongoDB is on the same server as Node.js, or latency is very low (think of MongoDB Atlas on the same private network with your webserver), you might not observe any performance benefit. The time that this module spends emulating MongoDB's filtering process may consume more milliseconds than you are saving by avoiding latency. That makes sense because MongoDB's internals are optimized in C++.

In any case, your mileage may vary. So use the stats: true option to check performance.

Gathering stats on performance

Set stats to true. Do not use stats and debug at the same time to gather information about the performance of the optimizer, as the debug calls consume quite a bit of time.

Simulating the latency of real world cloud database hosting

Often MongoDB is on the same server in your dev environment.

To simulate latency, set the delay to the number of milliseconds of delay to simulate. Bear in mind this delay is added both "coming" and "going," i.e. before the query goes out and before the response is received, which is a good match for what real world latency does.

For instance:

// in `app.js`
modules: {
  'apostrophe-optimizer': {
    stats: true,
    delay: 10

Note that latency in the cloud can be quite low (1ms or perhaps less) if you position your database server on the same private network.

Gathering stats on performance without the optimizer

You can set the enable: false flag to disable the optimization, but keep stats: true to see how much time is being spent in various MongoDB queries. This makes it easier to profile your site and determine whether this module is a win for your needs.

Impacts on your custom code

If your code modifies docs using Apostrophe's own APIs, then the prefetched docs are automatically discarded so that efforts to find those docs again with Apostrophe in the lifetime of the same req will see the updated data. However, if your code modifies docs using low-level MongoDB APIs and expects to see the changes in during that same request lifetime, or expects to see changes within the lifetime of a single req made by external code, then you will need to invoke req.deoptimize() before asking Apostrophe to re-fetch a doc if you expect to see changes made during the same request.


Tested with mocha and travis-ci.


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