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From Mike Heath <mhe...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [AsyncWeb] Client redesign
Date Sat, 09 Feb 2008 20:13:22 GMT
David M. Lloyd wrote:
> Alan D. Cabrera wrote:
>> I like the metaphor of a browser.  The HttpClientFactory is nice as
>> the holder of the shared resources.  The HttpClient can be thought of
>> as a browser.  It holds cookies, etc.  With that said, the URL belongs
>> in the request not the HttpClient constructor.
> That's a good thought.  The reason that the URL was originally put in the
> HttpClient constructor (as well as the request) was to allow the management
> of connections to be separated from the URL request.  Realistically, a URL
> could be dropped in favor of discrete scheme/hostname/port parameters on
> an connection object.  Though it's not always desirable to do this, so
> specifying and maintaining a physical connection should be an optional kind
> of thing to do.
> I'm not picky as far as API goes, but I'd like to see the following (many
> of these items have been stated by others, but here's a roundup):
> 1) The ability to control connections independently of requests
> 2) Pipelining & keepalive (which should be a direct consequence of [1])
> 3) "Session" things like cookie management should be maintained at a
> higher level - maybe even a separate "HttpSession" object that can be
> provided to each request, on a read-only or read-write basis
> 3a) "HttpSession" should be a interface of some type, so the user can
> intercept cookie reads and writes and act on them directly
> 4) Future objects for any blocking operation
> 5) The (optional) ability to specify an IoConnector to the client
> Hope I'm making sense.

There are a lot of different use cases that need to be addressed in the
AsyncWeb client API.  I've got a small laundry list of use cases
rattling around in my head that I would like support in AsyncWeb.  Do we
have a wiki available for AsyncWeb where we can start posting some of
our ideas?


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