Re: http bug

Daniel Pitts <>
Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:28:59 -0800
Lothar Kimmeringer wrote:

Daniel Pitts wrote:

I often find the standard HttpUrlConnection lacking, and usually go with
apache commons HttpClient instead. You have more control of the
process, if you care, but it also "works" out-of-the-box if you don't
want to configure it as much.

The last time I checked, GetMethod and PostMethod were two
classes sharing a lot of methods but not a common superclass.
So you end up with code like this

if (performGet) {
  methodGet = new GetMethod(host + url);
   HttpMethodParams.RETRY_HANDLER, retryhandler);
  methodGet.setRequestHeader("Connection", "keep-alive");
  methodGet.setRequestHeader("Cache-Control", "no-cache");
else {
  methodPost = new PostMethod(host + url);
  methodPost.setRequestHeader("Connection", "keep-alive");
   HttpMethodParams.RETRY_HANDLER, retryhandler);
  methodPost.setRequestHeader("Cache-Control", "no-cache");
if (methodGet != null){
  statuscode = client.executeMethod(methodGet);
  statuscode = client.executeMethod(methodPost);

and so on. If you have a specific HTTP-session to handle
programmatically, HttpClient is nice, but if you have to
build different HTTP-requests in dependence of external
configurations, you have a lot of duplicate code that
is prone to errors.

Regards, Lothar

Last time I checked, they both implement HttpMethod and are derived from
HttpMethodBase. Perhaps you had a really old version, or misinterpreted
something else.

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