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From Jacek Prucia <>
Subject Re: library-ization
Date Tue, 15 Oct 2002 22:09:59 GMT
On Sun, Oct 13, 2002 at 09:21:23AM -0700, David N. Welton wrote:
> And I would like an HTTP tester library.  I think that if done in this
> way, it would be versatile enough to replace ab, and it would also
> give people the freedom to experiment with other front ends.  Like
> someting in Tk, gtk, or whatever...

I was also thinking about HTTP test library (on top of a HTTP client library,
like apr-serf) long before I joined this project. However, such a library
would probably be just like an application (reading config files and so). If
you decide to put only essential stuff in such lib, then apps would need to
reimplement many things on their own.

That little command tool we develop here is very suited for GUI integration.
We don't have command line options/switches, there's no i18n (which is a pain
for GUI wrappers) and so on. You just feed flood with XML data (snip from my
personal TODO list: write flood DTD), and receive results on stdout (snip from
my personal TODO list: make flood output XML'ized). I must say, that i like this
approach much more, than separate library.

OTOH you might be righ. Please post an simplified, pseudocode API of such HTTP
test library. We can talk about it a bit more to see if such thing makes

Jacek Prucia S.A.

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