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From Christopher Schultz <>
Subject Re: Design Question
Date Fri, 05 Aug 2011 21:41:00 GMT
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On 8/5/2011 5:05 PM, Mohit Anchlia wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 1:37 PM, Christopher Schultz
>> Uh, why not use an HTTP proxy instead of using HttpClient. Squid,
>> Apache httpd, countless LBs, and many others have this capability
>> without you having to re-write this type of logic. Those products
>> will be faster, more configurable, and less buggy than your own
>> hand-rolled code.
> I agree but the problem is that I need to perform some kind of merge 
> of responses and validation checks on the response before returning
> to client. Also, need to route to appropriate host based on query
> string values. In essense we need control over it. It's not just the
> proxy.

Gotcha. mod_rewrite might be able to help a lot, here, but probably not
with merging of responses, whatever that means. Do you have some
requests that need to be split across the two services and then
re-combined before returning a response? That sounds like a mess.

>> I think using Java for this is a mistake.
> why?

I was thinking that using Tomcat would be a waste of time if an HTTP
proxy would meet your needs. Maybe they won't.

- -chris
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