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From Scott Nichol <snicholn...@scottnichol.com>
Subject Re: ApcheSOAP without Apache
Date Sat, 09 Nov 2002 21:36:31 GMT
> What surprises me most is that in this internet era, nobody thought of
> developing a light weight listener class for listening for HTTP
requests.
> Java has client side support for posting data to an URL...but then at
> server side you better be doing it yourself. I guess notion was you
always
> need a bulky web server handling this for you, though that is not
> necessarily true.

Actually, many, many people have done this.  I have worked with
organizations where this has been done multiple times for multiple
projects, and have myself written small, embedded HTTP servers in Perl,
C++ and Java.  There are also some examples in books, and I am sure
there are several examples on the Internet.  Source Forge currently
categories 407 projects as HTTP servers (although the descriptions of
the projects so categorized that I've looked at mostly do not seem to
actually be HTTP servers).  Ultimately, I suspect that an HTTP 1.0
server is so simple to write that no one wants to stop there, so they
start piling on HTTP 1.1 features, add a servlet container, or something
similar.  It might be that you could take the source for something like
Jetty, strip out the servlet container, and have the embedded HTTP
server you want.

There are also some not-so-lightweight servers available.  W3C's Jigsaw
is sort of an HTTP 1.1 reference implementation.  Sun's Java Web Server
(e.g. http://java.sun.com/pr/1997/june/pr970605-01.html) evolved into
both an HTTP server and servlet container, and I believe was ultimately
"swept away" in the tidal wave of open source.

Scott Nichol


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