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Sending Form Data and Image? [on hold]

What is the way to send form data and image(s) to an http-server ? Should I go with Multipart/Form-Data or add the image content as a value to the json data with some key ? What are the ...
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Is progressive HTTP download a viable alternative to HLS/DASH/RTMP for providing live video?

I'm working on a website that needs to stream live video to users, and as such I've had to get my head around the sorry state of current browser-based video-streaming technology. The most popular ...
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Recommended HTTP status code for “plan limit exceeded” response

I'm designing a REST API for a project where users are always on one of several "plans" - each plan defines some resource limits, such as the max number of users an account may have or the max number ...
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REST API - Updating a Variable

If you are updating a variable in a RESTful API, for example person's weight, how should this be laid out? What I have thought of: PUT /person/1/weight?weight=150 PUT /person/1/weight {"weight": ...
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What is the middleware (if any) in web-service consumed by a website?

I am trying to identify the parts of an architecture. The server (Python) acts as a web-service, delivering files and data. The client (JS) requests the data which it needs by sending xmlhttprequests ...
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Alternatives to Request For Comments

I personally find RFC's quite difficult to read. They tend to be quite long, not precise enough, really old and for the most part, quite difficult to convert into actual working code. I think the ...
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Appropriate use case for “accepted”?

We have a task enqueued by a REST endpoint that will create a resource and then enqueue a task either immediately or delayed based on some business logic. I was thinking of using HTTP/1.1 200 OK for ...
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ID's in resource URLs: database id or per-user id?

For REST interfaces or webapps with nice-looking URLs, I constantly ask myself on what numbers to use if we want to refer to specific resources/pages. A typical approach seems to be to use the unique ...
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Why does SOP permit cross-origin form submissions?

Same Origin Policy does not prevent origin foo.bar from creating a form with action attribute set to another origin baz.duh and even allows to programmatically submit this form without the user ...
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HTTP API Versioning and Need to Introduce Breaking Changes to All Supported Versions

I am developing an HTTP application and deploying this by versioning it against the semantic versioning patterns/techniques/whatever they are. In order not to break existing clients and allow the ...
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Crawler - programming language choice [closed]

I'm currently developing a web crawler. The first version was developed in Node.js and runs pretty well. The issues that I encountered with Node.js are in no particular order: slow URL and ...
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In C is it possible to change http requests to https [closed]

Long story short I've got this package that currently has a security risk where credentials are sent over http and I need to convert them to https but I currently lack the knowledge to do so. Could ...
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How to avoid server-pushing assets to clients that already have them cached?

HTTP/2 server push enables pushing assets to clients which you anticipate they'll need in order to render the page. For example, you can push your CSS/JS/images to the client at the same time as you ...
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Android. HTTP Communcation, and GCM

I have an app that sends/receive data via HTTP POST, and communicates with PHP/SQL on the backend. I however wanted to integrate GCM to I can tell the app to "check for an update" to query the ...
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How does StackExchange load data from the server without making an XHR request?

When viewing the questions for a tag on SE networks, every now and then you will get a message at the top: n questions with new activity. However the weird thing (to me) is that I don't see any ...
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What belongs in an HTTP request header vs the request body?

I'm working on a set of web services for a mobile client, and the requirements call for a unique device id to be included with all requests, to be stored in certain requests, and used to filter ...
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What to call an HTTP API that is not RESTful? [closed]

What would you call an API that is HTTP-based, uses URI to name resources and HTTP verbs (PUT, POST, DELETE, GET...) to manipulate those resources? According to Roy Fielding's complaints it is not ...
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Detect request coming from iframe

I just had this awesome idea about simulating a single page application using iframes. I am using a framework that uses layouts to display pages. Luckily I can use an empty layout (meaning it has no ...
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Does sending system-profile information with HTTP GET request conform to RESTful practices?

I'm using the Sparkle framework to update an app, and want to make use of the framework's ability to send system-profile information. The way this is done is by adding the information to the HTTP GET ...
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comparison of computer processing language vs protocol

how can explain the diference between programming languge and protocol?, can protocol have extension? we know that machines communicate with protocol, but they can also do so with expressive ...
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Content delivery design

I'm designing a system where users can access files stored in an external content storage service such as AWS's S3. Here's a simple diagram: ------ ------------ ----------------- | User ...
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Should I store my user claims in the JWT token?

I am using JWT tokens in HTTP headers to authenticate requests to a resource server. The resource server and auth server are two separate worker roles on Azure. I cannot makeup my mind as to whether ...
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How should I provide detailed information about an error, if not through HTTP status codes?

This question comes from here. I believe it deserves to be on its own instead of being lost in a long question with multiple points. I'm building an API and find myself limited by HTTP error ...
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Should I specify the userId in the REST URL structure?

Basically, one feature of my app is to retrieve the logged user's friends. Actually, I hesitate between both kind of endpoints: GET /api/users/friends GET /api/users/:userId/friends Using 1, ...
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HTTP keep alive and TCP persistent connection

What's the relationship between the two concepts? Is one HTTP Keep-Alive connection always over a long persistent TCP connection? When the HTTP connection is closed, will the TCP connection be closed ...
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HTTP status code for mobile clients

There was a debate with one of the platform engineers (as a mobile dev), about the codes being returned. The scenario is: when trying to create a resource the server is returning a 201 with the ...
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Reason why client-side JavaScript does not allow access to POST/PUT/etc contents

Is there any theoretical reason why client-side JavaScript could not be spec'd to allow for direct access to POST or PUT contents without need for a server language to write it into client-side ...
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Do web applications use HTTP as a transport layer, or do they count as an integral part of the HTTP server?

Given an HTTP server (e.g. Apache, IIS) and a web application (user code running in the server using PHP, ASP.NET and the likes), which of those can decide which HTTP status code to return for any ...
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Two way Communication between Server and Clients

Situation: We have a web application running on a server. This application needs to fetch data from some other PC(Clients), which are on a different network. On the clients' pc there are WCF hosted ...
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Request content-type of HTTP errors

HTTP allows for multiple representations of a resource. The Accept header allows the client to choose the representation of the resource. GET /foo/bar HTTP/1.1 Accept: application/pdf GET /foo/bar ...
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RESTful key-value collection

I am creating a HTTP REST API. I have a large collection of key-value pairs, at /base-url. I need to provide the ability to get and set values for a key. My first attempt: GET /base-url/{key} PUT ...
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Response Header for illegal file (format)

I have a simple upload-servlet and need to report if a file is illegal and has not been added. For some reason i am not allowed to give a html-body back, so i need to use the response-header. ...
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Rendering head :ok vs head :no_content. Any good practices?

Whenever I take in data and do something like delete a post, etc. I generally return head :no_content. For example: def destroy @post = Post.find_by(external_id: params[:post_id]) @post.destroy! ...
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Where is it implied that REST is not based on HTTP [closed]

I've been over Fielding's paper on REST and all over the web, including StackOverflow trying to understand this. After reading everything I can about REST, I was under the impression that Fielding ...
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Why PATCH method is not idempotent?

I was wondering about this. Suppose I have a user resource with id and name fields. If I want to update a field I could just do a PATCH request to the resource like this PATCH /users/42 {"name": ...
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Should I hide certain HTTP status codes?

So I have different seniors taking different positions on this. Some saying hide nothing, those codes are there for a reason. Others saying to hide most status codes, reducing the number to a much ...
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How to respond with error message when making AJAX calls

I have an app that wasn't written by myself. If there is an error such as an invalid ID given as a parameter, I would return something like: (200 code) { "success": 0, "error": "The row ...
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HTTP Request & Response Parameters [closed]

How are request parameters stored and arranged for a post request if it's not json or xml? Is it possible to send response parameters back in the same way?
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Providing friendly URLs for a website vs. realities of database IDs

We have a database of resources, be they products, blog posts or something. We need to design a URL scheme to address them, for the public website. Here are two examples that are database ID bound: ...
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Proper Response to HTTP Request When Too Much Data is Requested

I'm building an API for an ad serving platform that will allow you to request tracker data for ad campaigns. Campaigns often exceed hundreds of millions of requests, which means there will be many ...
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Why can't we use IP address instead of cookies in identifying the client in servlets?

I know we have some extra advantages in using the cookies over IP address, but my question is Why can't the container just remember the IP address of the client in identifying the client when he visit ...
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Is it a good idea to merge multiple HTTP requests to save bandwidth?

I am preparing a single page application that would be sometimes used over slow mobile connection. Some of its part are quite heavy in terms of API requests (fetching ten different resources for a new ...
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Should all HTTP requests including credentials be made using a POST even if it is actually just a request for data?

Assume there is a request which is going to look up a list of items from a service which requires authorisation (e.g. it's behind a Basic Authentication domain). If the service didn't require ...
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How to communicate side effects in a RESTful API on the server to the client?

I have been thinking a lot about Hypermedia REST-APIs for the last couple of weeks. One thing I am not quite sure about is how I want to model side effects on the server side. In my current project, ...
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How to handle business rules with a REST API?

I have a REST API to manage a booking system I'm searching how to manage this situation : A customer can book a time slot : A TimeSlot resource is created and linked to a Person resource. In order to ...
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Why doesn't the HTML\DOM specification allow hyperlinks to set an accept header?

The purpose of the Accept header from the client is to tell the server what kind of data it will accept as a response to its request. We can set this header in asynchronous HTTP calls in Javascript, ...
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URLs with variable query strings and cache

I am developing a media server, the basic functionality is to serve an image, which is done the following way /media/:id where :id is the id of the image. You may want to ask for a specific size, ...
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How does session middleware generally verify browser sessions?

I've been using session middleware to build web apps for years: from PHP's built-in session handling layer to node's connect session middleware. However, I've never tried (or needed) to roll my own ...
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POST and PUT requests – is it just the convention?

I've read quite a few articles on the difference between POST and PUT and in when the two should be used. But there are still few things confusing me ( hopefully questions will make some sense ): 1) ...
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Is it RESTful to resume terminated POST operation on a GET request?

I have a RESTful API, one of the resource has a state that is determined collectively by multiple servers, not all of them belong to us. One of the operation on this resource will have to modify the ...