What are “GZ options”?

Tilman February 3, 2011
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Hi all,

We’ve been discussing a project to develop a new version of a social networking website. One person suggested that the new website’s preferences should have “GZ options in advanced mode”.

Do you have ANY idea what GZ options could mean? Any random guesses? Thanks in advance! :)

  1. Tilman
    February 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Thanks!

    • Mike
      February 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      Personal Advice: Just ask the person what he means by [techy expression here].

      First technology is such a huge "thing" it's impossible to know everything.
      On the other hand you always have a cross-check whether the person does even know what he's talking about or just throwing in random stuff he read on a forum.

  2. Mike
    February 4, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Like FIDELIS I only know gz as being a compression method.

    But if that's what the person meant it doesn't have anything to do with programming then. It's a setting/feature/module of modern web servers (nginx, Apache, etc.) for HTTP Compression.

    Basically every time a client sends a GET request including "accept-encoding: gzip" the content will be gzipped on the server before being sent to the client.
    This allows to minimize both loading times and traffic.
    Depending on the coding style and length gzipped pages are only 1/10 of the original size, Javascript mostly 50-70% of the original size.

    Another well known method of compression is deflate. In generell you could use any known compression methods but chances are when using things like 7z that most browsers won't support it while gzip is support by pretty much all browsers since 2005.

  3. FIDELIS
    February 4, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Hello, there is a .gz extension used by the program gzip to compress files. It makes it easier when using using the file transfer protocol(ftp). Here is more info:

    http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/gz