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From Paul Davis <>
Subject Re: Allow overridden request methods
Date Thu, 14 May 2009 16:01:35 GMT
On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 11:39 AM, Adam Kocoloski <> wrote:
> On May 14, 2009, at 11:35 AM, Paul Davis wrote:
>> On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 3:26 AM, Brian Candler <>
>> wrote:
>>> On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 06:58:47PM +0200, Jan Lehnardt wrote:
>>>>> Sorry for responding to my original message instead of a reply in the
>>>>> thread, but I seem to be having some issues with the mailing list.
>>>>> Oliver, you are right, I could use a javascript wrapper for flash. The
>>>>> problem with that is that it introduces a second dependency to
>>>>> interact with the REST interface.
>>>> It adds a second API and complexity to CouchDB to support
>>>> non-standard clients. I.e: If you don't speak HTTP, you can't
>>>> talk to CouchDB.
>>> I think you'll find this is extremely common; many clients especially
>>> don't
>>> implement DELETE.
>>> The way Rails deals with it is to allow a form POST to have a _method
>>> field,
>>> and if it's present, it takes precedence over the HTTP method.
>>> actionpack/lib/action_view/helpers/url_helper.rb:
>>>         method_tag = tag('input', :type => 'hidden', :name => '_method',
>>> :value => method.to_s)
>>> Of course, CouchDB doesn't take a application/x-www-form-urlencoded, it
>>> takes an application/json body. So I think the nearest equivalent would
>>> be
>>> to allow a "_method" member in the JSON body and honour it for all POST
>>> requests [with JSON bodies]. Conveniently, CouchDB has already reserved
>>> all
>>> top-level keys beginning with underscores for its own purposes.
>>> Regards,
>>> Brian.
>> Eww. I'm all for supporting clients that have a brain dead HTTP
>> interface, but piggybacking protocol information into the payload
>> seems like not a good idea. If we're going to allow method overrides
>> I'd vote +10 internets for the header version.
> I'm with Paul here.  So that's +20 internets.
>> But until someone shows me something that can't be accomplished using
>> the _bulk_docs API I'd be -0 on supporting the header even.
> Hmm, I don't know about this one.  If Mikael is right and
> X-HTTP-Method-Override is becoming a de facto standard, I think supporting
> that would be preferable to playing up our non-RESTful _bulk_docs hacks.

Its got google blessing in one form or another which I take to mean
they see a noticeable amount of traffic that requires it. I wouldn't
really mind this header. It should be trivial to implement, I'm just
trying to rack my brains and see if there might be dragons lurking

> Adam

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