Subject: Re: [boost] New Lib "Beast", HTTP + WebSocket protocols
From: VinÃcius dos Santos Oliveira (vini.ipsmaker_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-04-24 18:43:37
2016-04-24 18:34 GMT-03:00 Vinnie Falco <vinnie.falco_at_[hidden]>:
> > Could you please write an example of how do you imagine the ideal
> > server-side API?
> Well, being role-agnostic means the same functions are used by both
> clients and servers. The only meaningful difference is that a server
> will receive request objects and send response objects instead of the
> other way around. The message class template distinguishes requests
> and responses using a bool "isRequest" template argument. These
> statements each declare a response: [...]
This makes me think that the two projects are more alike than you might
The main difference here is just that Boost.Http's Message don't carry
request-exclusive members (HTTP verb, uri) or response-exclusive members
(status code, status messages) and methods that work on them take them
separately. I'm open to follow a design more similar to yours (just need to
discuss with Bjorn and other members first as I remember this decision was
taken to follow a more fundamental message-based model).
Another main difference is that Boost.Http server side design is really
concerned about different HTTP backends. However, this is only observed in
details and I really doubt they'll bother you. At most, I need to implement
more convenient functions to remove the amount of boilerplate needed today
(already on the TODO list and on the GitHub issue tracker).
I believe the rest of the differences are really minor.
Of course I might be wrong and I'll know once more information about the
project is exposed (documentation maybe).
"Some reviewers also felt that HTTP/2 should be part of Boost.Http,
> partly because that would demonstrate the extensibility of the current
> design, and partly because the library would be in a stronger
> position to attract users if it offers more than its competitors."
> The IETF adopted as a goal for HTTP/2, to leave the message the same
> (while changing its wire format). Therefore, Beast.HTTP's message
> model is already HTTP/2-friendly.
> As for the extensibility of the design, free functions to send and
> receive HTTP messages are fundamentally incompatible with HTTP/2,
> which requires ongoing
> state to decompress headers and multiplex streams. And yet, we know
> that free functions to send and receive HTTP/1 messages are useful and
> sorely needed.
> Furthermore HTTP/2 adds features that don't make sense for HTTP/1.
> What would you do with the stream ID? It is not part of the message
> model, because it describes a transport level property (and what
> meaning would it have for a HTTP/1 message? or someone who is using
> the message object but not using any sockets at all?) What about the
> interface to inform the peer of a new receive window size? What about
> setting stream priorities/weights? How do we sort all this out?
> The interface for HTTP/1 should consist of a universal message model,
> plus functions to send and receive those messages on sockets. The
> interface for HTTP/2 should be a class template that wraps a socket
> (similar in style to beast::websocket::stream), deals in the same
> universal message model, and offers member functions to send and
> receive those messages with associated stream IDs as well as adjust
> HTTP/2-specific session parameters.
> We respectfully disagree with those reviewers who feel that a single
> interface should serve the needs of sending and receiving both HTTP/1
> and HTTP/2 messages.
But the two interfaces could be very similar. We also don't need force the
user to mess with stream IDs.
Server push is another story and indeed needs new APIs.
-- VinÃcius dos Santos Oliveira https://vinipsmaker.github.io/
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