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From Shankar Unni <>
Subject [users@httpd] Re: HTTP implementation by hand
Date Tue, 21 Mar 2006 23:13:35 GMT
Copies wrote:

> In my diploma thesis I have to add a HTTP(S) support to the application server. 

You haven't said whether the implementation of HTTP(s) is somehow 
supposed to be an actual learning/research exercise for you, or not. If 
it is, you should obviously implement it from scratch. Otherwise, use 
whatever's handy.

> I have two possibilities I'm aware of:
> 1] Implement HTTP myself. I need a very basic HTTP support. Just get 
> POST request, check for Content-Length, pass body of the request to the 
> server.

Actually, for simple setups, that may be all that is required. You may 
have to handle a few subtleties (100 Continue's, chunked requests, 
etc.), but they are not insuperable. But...

> 2] Use libwww. I assume it is much safer, than what I could implement 
> with a reasonable time and effort. But huge library for a very specific 
> application - it looks like an overkill.

I wouldn't say "huge". It's obviously not tiny or lightweight, but 
nowadays few hundred KB here or there isn't such a big deal, especially 
for a research project.

In your case, you should ask yourself whether you should spend your time 
on your primary goal (your diploma thesis project - stuff that you are 
actually researching or learning), or wasting large amounts of time 
designing a custom HTTP(S) server that might squeeze a few more cycles 
out of your application server..

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