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From Oleg Kalnichevski <oleg.kalnichev...@bearingpoint.com>
Subject RE: HttpClient 3.0 is kind of done. Feedback needed
Date Thu, 16 Sep 2004 13:49:58 GMT

Tom,
I expect the new site to be on-line by the end of the week. Meanwhile
you can take a look at the list of enhancements and bug fixes here

http://cvs.apache.org/viewcvs.cgi/jakarta-commons/httpclient/release_notes.txt?view=markup

New features:
-------------

(1) Architecture

 * New preference architecture

 * Improved exception handling framework

 * Granular non-standards configuration and tracking
 
 * Improved HTTP Version configuration and tracking
 
 * Support for streaming entities

 * Support for tunneled HTTP proxies via the ProxyClient

 * Ability to abort execution of HTTP methods

(2) Connection management

 * Support for closing idle connections

 * Support for JDK1.4 connect timeout through reflection

 * Support for connection manager shutdown
 
(3) Authentication

 * Improved authentication framework

 * Plug-in mechanism for authentication modules
 
 * Interactive authentication support
 
 * Alternate authentication support

(4) Cookie management

 * Cookie specification plug-in mechanism

 * 'Ignore cookies' cookie policy

 * Improved Netscape cookie support

(5) Redirects

 * Cross-site redirect support 

Oleg

On Thu, 2004-09-16 at 15:36, Gerdes, Tom wrote:
> What is the web site... And what are the improvements?   
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Becke [mailto:becke@u.washington.edu] 
> Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 7:27 AM
> To: Commons HttpClient Project
> Subject: Re: HttpClient 3.0 is kind of done. Feedback needed
> 
> I agree.  I think we're ready for another 3.0 release.
> 
> There has been surprisingly little comment on the 3.0 API, and I'm also
> concerned about freezing it until we've had more feedback.  We definitely
> have a "chicken and the egg" problem here.  My preference is to continue
> with a new 3.0 alpha release, and make a concerted effort to get it in front
> of people.
> 
> One area that we have been lacking is in promotion of 3.0 on the web site.
> Currently the only mention of it is on the status page.  Perhaps we should
> make the 3.0 docs and javadocs available on the site, and try to reference
> them where possible from 2.0.  My feeling is that once people are aware of
> some of the 3.0 improvements they are willing to try it out, but unless they
> are HttpClient regulars they may not know it exists.
> 
> Come now Oleg.  You haven't been the "Evil Comrade" for some time now :)
> 
> Mike
> 
> On Sep 16, 2004, at 5:52 AM, Oleg Kalnichevski wrote:
> 
> >
> > Folks,
> >
> > It looks like HttpClient 3.0 is not only ALPHA2 ready, it is almost 
> > code and feature complete. There are only 5 open tickets targeted for 
> > 3.0 FINAL. It may take me just a couple of days to get all the 
> > remaining issues dealt with, if needed.
> >
> > http://nagoya.apache.org/bugzilla/buglist.cgi? 
> > bug_status=NEW&bug_status=ASSIGNED&bug_status=REOPENED&email1=&emailty
> > p 
> > e1=substring&emailassigned_to1=1&email2=&emailtype2=substring&emailrep
> > o 
> > rter2=1&bugidtype=include&bug_id=&changedin=&votes=&chfieldfrom=&chfie
> > l 
> > dto=Now&chfieldvalue=&product=Commons&component=HttpClient&target_mile
> > s 
> > tone=3.0+Alpha+2&target_milestone=3.0+Beta+1&target_milestone=3.0+Beta
> > + 
> > 2&target_milestone=3.0+Final&short_desc=&short_desc_type=allwordssubst
> > r 
> > &long_desc=&long_desc_type=allwordssubstr&bug_file_loc=&bug_file_loc_t
> > y pe=allwordssubstr&keywords=&keywords_type=anywords&field0-0
> > -0=noop&type0-0-0=noop&value0-0
> > -0=&cmdtype=doit&newqueryname=&order=Reuse+same+sort+as+last+time
> >
> > Unless we start getting considerably more feedback, HttpClient 3.0 
> > development will stall completely.
> >
> > I sense there are lots of folks who are not willing to port their code 
> > from 2.0.x to 3.0 because the 3.0 branch is still considered unstable.
> > At the same time HttpClient 3.0 will stay there unless people start 
> > porting.
> >
> > I think it is really import to call an API freeze rather sooner than 
> > later. That will enable to drop newer releases in place of older ones 
> > and should give people enough confidence to start the transition from 
> > 2.0.x to 3.0. But before the API can be formally frozen I would really 
> > like to hear some feedback from our users and peer open-source 
> > developers. So far we have had virtually no feedback on the new API 
> > and I am concerned that we may see an avalanche of change requests as 
> > soon as we formally announce the API freeze and move closer to the first
> RC.
> >
> > How does everyone feel about it?
> >
> > Please share your ideas with me. I also have a few, but they all range 
> > from 'ugly' to 'very ugly' and may involve my wearing my 'Evil Comrade'
> > hat and threatening people with some nasty stuff ;-)
> >
> > Anyways, before things turn ugly, give us some feedback, 
> > pleeeeeeeeeeese
> >
> > Oleg
> >
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