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HTTP Session: A single object or multiple?

I tested two approaches to store session data: The classic: 1 key, 1 object (And every key as static final String in a class) "user" --> UserObject "preferences" --> List ... An ...
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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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WinHTTP Decompression function? [migrated]

Presently I am using winhttp api in c++ to get data from a server. The server can support various compression formats. So presently I want to use winhttp to get the compressed format (eg gzip) and ...
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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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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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Why shouldn't a GET request change data on the server?

All over the internet, I see the following advice: A GET should never change data on the server- use a POST request for that What is the basis for this idea? If I make a php service which ...
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AngularJS $http.get JsonResult [migrated]

I am building a dx-chart inside of an AngularJS file. I would like to use $http.get inside of my ng-controller. Here is the AngularJS file. However, when I try to use $http.get I still display the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should an Http API always return a body?

Is there some sort of standard regarding http api responses? After reading this discourse thread I started to wonder. We are developing our public http json api at my work, and we do not return ...
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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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HTTP events? Is there a standard / precedent for this?

Our architecture is HTTP servers (custom written) whereby custom clients send a HTTP request for some information and information is returned just as HTTP works. Now we need a special custom ...
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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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HTTP Response Header for a unique Request ID for REST service

For our REST service I want to send back a unique request ID with every response; useful for debugging internal projects but also for offering support to any third parties who might use the service in ...
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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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REST - Tradeoffs between content negotiation via Accept header versus extensions

I'm working through designing a RESTful API. We know we want to return JSON and XML for any given resource. I had been thinking we would do something like this: GET /api/something?param1=value1 ...
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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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Why REST Api do not follow the Facade design pattern

In comparing REST [api] structure with a OO model, I see these similarities: Both: Are data oriented REST = Resources OO = Objects Surround operation around data REST = surround VERBS (Get, ...
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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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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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RESTful composition/inclusion of other resources

I have a few HTTP resources, and i'm wondering if including the models of one in the other is acceptable or if there is a cleaner method. In this example, we have a ton of "news" resources, and users ...
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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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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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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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Is it safe to transmit access tokens via HTTP headers?

It's the first RESTful web service and I am concerned about security issues. Is it safe to transmit my access token via HTTP headers? For example: POST /v1/i/resource HTTP/1.1 Content-Type: ...
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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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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 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 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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How to indicate to a web server the language of a resource

I'm writing an HTTP API to a publishing server, and I want resources with representations in multiple languages. A user whose client GETs a resource which has Korean, Japanese and Trad. Chinese ...
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What can REST API do that a API using HTTP URL query strings cannot do?

I'm learning about REST and had the chance to build a basic REST API. After doing so, most of the material I read was internalized and I now have a better understanding of it. However, I do not ...
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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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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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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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Rest API Architecture from Rest in Practice book

We maintain an API that as part of its purpose makes a call to an external API. This external API takes a few seconds to fulfil the request we make to it. With our current architecture the request is ...