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From Michael Becke <be...@u.washington.edu>
Subject Re: Significant HttpClient & HttpMethodBase overhaul. Need early feedback
Date Tue, 25 Feb 2003 21:29:43 GMT
I definitely think this is a good idea.  HttpMethodBase is too big.  I'm 
wondering if this is too much of a change for 2.0 though.  It will 
require quite a few changes for users.

On a related note, when you implement the redirection handling I would 
suggest removing the use of the URL class.  I think URI is better suited 
for this purpose.  Also, using URL could be a problem with custom 
protocol types.


Oleg Kalnichevski wrote:
> Folks
> I am currently working on a patch enabling HttpClient to handle
> cross-site redirects. 
> http://nagoya.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=16729
> In order to lay foundation for this capability I needed to make quite a
> few changes to HttpClient & HttpMethodBase. I have opted for a more
> substantial overhaul of these classes, than was strictly necessary. I
> realize not all of you may agree with my decision. So, I decided to seek
> an early feedback from you to make sure I do not go completely astray. 
> This is what I have done:
> I moved complete redirect & authenticate logic from HttpMethodBase to
> HttpClient. HttpMethodBase
> Impact:
> - Even though binary interface is unchanged, HttpClient's modus operandi
> with regard to redirect & authentication changed substantially. People
> like Laura Werner,who do not use standard HttpClient and have developed
> their own logic around lower level classes will be affected most. 
> - Cleaner design. Redirect & authentication in my opinion logically do
> not belong to domain of the HTTP method, rather, they belong to that of
> the HTTP agent.
> - Over-convoluted HttpMethodBase class got simpler. Under-used
> HttpClient class is leveraged more. This is an important architectural
> improvement in my humble opinion. If you disagree, please let me know
> - I am seriously concerned that this redesign may have adversely
> affected connection pooling stuff. Mike, Eric, you are the connection
> pooling experts, could you please give me your opinion on that?
> - About a dozen of test cases have become obsolete. They will need to be
> redesigned. They are all commented out for the time being
> As always, any feedback, including that in a form of bad tomatoes thrown
> at me will be appreciated
> Please note, that cross-site redirect has not been implemented yet. 
> Cheers
> Oleg

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