IE + Rails Javascript Caching Gotcha

Posted by on Apr 30, 2010 in Blog | Tags: , | No Comments

Rails supports a simple method of asset bundling with javascript_include_tag by way of the :cache option:

<%= javascript_include_tag 'first', 'second', 'third', :cache => true %>

There’s a gotcha hiding here that you may not find until you deploy to production and visit your site in IE.

Admittedly, this is a bug, but if you happen to have a second javascript_include_tag with the :cache argument in the same page, IE will choke on lots of the script, telling you “object doesn’t support this property or method,” among other things.

The problem is that Rails can’t resolve multiple tags using the same value for :cache, and it emits two <script> tags referencing the same Javascript file. IE gets confused by the second one (perhaps loading it twice?). Every other browser I’ve used handles it fine.

The solution: either don’t use :cache more than once or make sure you use explicit, unique bundle names instead of just true.