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From Adrian Sutton <adr...@intencha.com>
Subject Re: RecoverableException -> connection not released from pool?
Date Tue, 22 Apr 2003 21:51:09 GMT

On Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at 11:31  PM, Eric Johnson wrote:

> Jani,
> You are undoubtedly correct that better documentation could clarify 
> matters!

I would like to point out that our documentation is reasonably clear on 
the matter:

* http://jakarta.apache.org/commons/httpclient/tutorial.html <- 
includes the six steps to successfully using HttpClient, step 5 is 
release the connection.

* http://jakarta.apache.org/commons/httpclient/troubleshooting.html <- 
troubleshooting step 4 says to check you're following the 6 steps in 
the tutorial.

* http://jakarta.apache.org/commons/httpclient/methods/get.html <- "one 
must also be sure to call method.releaseConnection() regardless of the 
response received."

* Pretty much all sample code (including snippets) include a call to 

* Our javadocs are somewhat laking in detail on this matter, but they 
have never been anything more than a reference, rather than full 
documentation.  Perhaps we should add a link to the user guide from the 

This documentation is all fairly new so a lot of people won't have 
discovered it yet, but it is definitely worth dropping by 
http://jakarta.apache.org/commons/httpclient/ and reading through the 
user guide (particularly the tutorial) to get an idea of the best 
practice for using HttpClient.

I would appreciate any suggestions or contributions of other articles 
that need to be written, cookie handling and SSL connections come to 
mind, as I'm very keen to try and keep the docs up to date and of the 
highest quality.


Adrian Sutton.

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