[Haskell-cafe] ANN: HTTPbis / HTTP-4000.x package available

Jeff Heard jefferson.r.heard at gmail.com
Fri Jan 16 08:47:33 EST 2009

Just as a reported speedup, downloading a 5MB file from my own local
machine (via http) went from 1.05 secs to 0.053 secs.  Yes, it's
really an order of magnitude better.  Performance now is on par or
slightly better than cURL (however to get more protocols than HTTP,
you'll still need the ubiquitous cURL library)

On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 1:36 AM, Sigbjorn Finne
<sigbjorn.finne at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I guess it's time to publish more widely the availability of a modernization
> of
> the venerable and trusted HTTP package, which I've been working on
> off&on for a while.
> Bunch of changes, but the headline new feature of this new version
> is the parameterization of the representation of payloads in both HTTP
> requests and responses. Two new representations are supported, strict and
> lazy
> ByteStrings. Some people have reported quietly pleasing speedups as a result
> of this change. (If they want to report numbers, please do..)
> Another change/fix in this release is the _alleged_ fix to the long-standing
> bug
> in the use of  absolute URIs vs absolute paths in requests (for non-proxied
> and
> proxied use.) Give it a go..
> Notice that the HTTP-4000.x version will require you to make some
> modifications to your existing HTTP-using code -- I've tried to keep the API
> backwards compatible minimal despite the change in functionality and
> underlying types. If you do not want to deal with this right away, please
> introduce a <4000 dependency on the HTTP package in your .cabal files.
> I've also taken on the maintainership of the package, with the highly
> esteemed
> Bjorn Bingert no longer having the usual abundance of cycles to look after
> it (hope I'm not misrepresenting facts here, Bjorn!) However, I've yet to
> gain access to  www.haskell.org and update http://www.haskell.org/http,
> so for now you may pick up a new version the lib via
>  http://hackage.haskell.org/cgi-bin/hackage-scripts/package/HTTP
> GIT repo for HTTP-4000  / HTTPbis is here
>   git://code.galois.com/HTTPbis.git
> enjoy
> --sigbjorn
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