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From Oleg Kalnichevski <ol...@apache.org>
Subject [ANNOUNCEMENT] HttpComponents HttpClient 4.0-alpha2 Released
Date Wed, 07 Nov 2007 15:42:21 GMT
HttpClient 4.0-alpha2 release includes a number of improvements since
the first ALPHA release in the 4.0 codeline, among which are improved
connection pooling, support for proxy chains, redesigned HTTP state and
authentication credentials management API, improved RFC 2965 cookie

Architectural changes in HttpClient 4.0

* Redesign of the HttpClient internals addressing all known
  major architectural shortcomings of the 3.x codeline

* Cleaner, more flexible and expressive API   

* Better performance and smaller memory footprint due to a more 
  efficient HTTP transport based on HttpCore. HttpClient 4.0 is 
  expected to be 10% to 25% faster than HttpClient 3.x codeline

* More modular structure   

* Pluggable redirect and authentication handlers   

* Support for protocol interceptors

* Improved connection management 

* Improved support for sending requests via a proxy or a chain of 

* Improved handling redirects of entity enclosing requests

* More flexible SSL context customization 

* Reduced intermediate garbage in the process of
  generating HTTP requests and parsing HTTP responses 


HttpClient 3.x features that have NOT yet been ported
* NTLM authentication scheme

* Support for multipart MIME coded entities  

Download -
Release notes -
HttpComponents site - <http://jakarta.apache.org/httpcomponents/>

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