[Haskell-cafe] HTTP client libraries

Paul Brown paulrbrown+haskell-cafe at gmail.com
Thu Mar 27 17:38:21 EDT 2008

On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 12:08 PM, John Goerzen <jgoerzen at complete.org> wrote:
>  * Bjorn's String-based HTTP
>   It eats RAM.  Does not appear to read data lazily, returns a String,
>   and may have a memory leak as well.  Does not appear to be suited
>   for anything except very small file downloads.

Do you know why it's eating RAM?  With the issue with open sockets
resolved (I know, I have to send that patch to Bjorn...), I haven't
had observable stability or leaking issues.  I'm using it to hit
JSON/XML services like Twitter, del.icio.us, Google reader, etc.

Laziness here is a bit of a mixed bag, since if you're too lazy,
you'll try to read the stream after it's long gone.  (Principle of
Least Surprise)

We do need a real (HTTPS, support for encoding, possibility to be
lazy) HTTP client library, and a binding for libcurl may be the short

paulrbrown at gmail.com

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