Simon Fell > Its just code > July 2003
Wednesday, July 30, 2003Pie stands for "Pie isn't echo" - Xian. Love it!, gets my vote
Tuesday, July 29, 2003Bitworking, Inc. Congrats to Joe on the formation of his Custom System Development company Bitworking, Inc.
Monday, July 28, 2003more relatives Following Sam's suggestion, my Atom feed now has unencoded content where possible, with relative urls. xmlns strikes again
I've been thinking about Sam's suggestion for how to provide unencoded content in my atom feed, in looking at his example, I spotted one problem, the second content entry, which is an unencoded text/html part has the html tags in the atom namespace.
The <p> being in the default namespace of http://example.com/newformat#. Another validation on my stance that default namespaces are evil. HttpResponse.WriteFile Someone please fix the braindead implementation that loads the whole file into memory before returning it to the client.
<feed xmlns="http://example.com/newformat#" xmlns:ent="http://www.purl.org/NET/ENT/1.0/" version="1.0"> ... <content type="text/html" xml:lang="en-us"> <p>Hello, <em>weblog</em> world! 2 < 4!</p> </content>
Sunday, July 27, 2003Its all relative
I've update my Atom/Pie feed to use relative Urls.PocketSOAP 2.0
Saturday, July 26, 2003Http Compression
Digging though http compression again, found Ben Lowery's HttpCompressionModule for ASP.NET, which works great, except for one bug, it doesn't take caching into account. Fortunately its easy to fix, in HttpCompressionModule,CompressContent add app.Context.Response.Cache.VaryByHeaders["Accept-Encoding"] = true ; after the HttpApplication app = (HttpApplication)sender; (line 58 in HttpCompressionModule.cs) and you're good to go!. GetFilterForScheme could also do with some work to apply q values properly when trying to determine which compression scheme to use, but practically speaking, that's a very minor problem.
I've also been looking at the compression handling in PocketHTTP, and spotted a problem, seems the http spec/implementations aren't very clear on whether a deflate encoded response should include the 2 byte zlib header or not, sigh. Currently PocketHTTP will only handle deflate responses that include the header, you'll get deflate data errors if you get a response without the header (such as from IIS6.0). The fix will be in CVS by the end of the weekend.SOAP 1.2 Just sent my first external SOAP 1.2 request against Bob's White Mesa SOAP 1.2 test service.
POST /soap12/test-rpc-lit HTTP/1.1 Host: www.whitemesa.net Accept-Charset: UTF-8, UTF-16;q=0.8, iso-8859-1;q=0.8 Accept-Encoding: deflate Content-Type: application/soap+xml; charset="utf-8"; action="http://soapinterop.org/" User-Agent: PocketSOAP/2.0/alpha1 Content-Length: 347 <E:Envelope xmlns:a="http://soapbuilders.org/rpc-lit-test" xmlns:XS="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:XI="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:E="http://www.w3.org/2003/05/soap-envelope"><E:Body> <a:echoString><inputString XI:type="XS:string">hello world from PocketSOAP</inputString> </a:echoString></E:Body></E:Envelope>
HTTP/1.1 200 OK Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2003 19:57:11 GMT Server: WhiteMesa SOAP Server/3.2 Content-Type: application/soap+xml; charset="utf-8" Content-Length: 394 Connection: close <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <SOAP-ENV:Envelope xmlns:SOAP-ENV="http://www.w3.org/2003/05/soap-envelope"> <SOAP-ENV:Body><m:echoStringResponse xmlns:m="http://soapbuilders.org/rpc-lit-test"> <SOAP-RPC:result xmlns:SOAP-RPC="http://www.w3.org/2003/05/soap-rpc">return</SOAP-RPC:result> <return>hello world from PocketSOAP</return> </m:echoStringResponse> </SOAP-ENV:Body></SOAP-ENV:Envelope>
ASP.NET has a feature that limits the size of a HTTP request message, as part of an attempt to reduce possible DOS attacks. The exact limit (which defaults to 4MB) can be changed by adding an entry to your web.config file.
All good, until you start looking at file uploads, then you realize that the way in which the large request error is managed, makes it just about impossible to do a user friendly upload form, that will report if they attempt to upload a file larger than allowed. It seems that once ASP.NET sees the request go over the limit, it responds with a 400 bad request error, there's no way from your .aspx page code to trap this and do anything more friendly with it. IE shows the horrible no server or DNS error message when faced with a 400 error, unless you also have smart Navigation turned on, in which case the smartNav frame seems to hide the error page, and the user is left looking at the page they were on with no indication as to what's going on. Mozilla gives a "response contained no data" error message, whilst Firebird, does some strange looking lookup to find a new site to look at (i.e. if this url http://coldcut/scripts/upload.aspx returns the 400 error, firebird redirects me to ningatunes.net/coldcut/ !).
I googled around, but didn't spot any workable solutions. I did find however that if you get in and check the contentlength early enough, you can redirect to a different page to show the user more reasonable error message. You can't do it from the page, but if you handle the BeginRequest event from a custom module or from the global.asax and check it there, it'll work.
ASP.NET is a massive step up from ASP, but it still has some rough edges, I hope they get sorted out for the next release.
Thursday, July 24, 2003AtomAPI Joe is keeping busy on the AtomAPI, and has posted another rev. It feels a lot like the RESTLog now, which is a good thing in my book. He also has an interesting post on the single API URL vs URL per entry issue, and shows that its actually easier to code the multiple URL with HTTP verbs version. I found the same thing when I was working on my RESTLog.NET implementation, which uses a single ASP.NET handler factory to handle all the RESTLog related requests.
Tuesday, July 15, 2003quickies
- Congrats to Keith & Co on the WSE 2 Tech Preview.
- More new software, congrats to Dave & co for SOAPScope 2 beta 2. Looking forward to trying both this and WSE2 out.
- Just finished reading Chasm City, way way better than Revalation Space. Tempted to try Redepemtion Ark now.
- Saw some awesome Lebbeus Wood's drawings at SFMoma over the weekend, will have to track some more of his stuff down.
- The history (and mystery) of the universe is still running over at Project Artaud, I loved it, highly recommended.
Sunday, July 13, 2003CommentAPI I just finished coding up support for the CommentAPI in Syndirella, it supports both wfw:comment (post comments directly from Syndirella) and wfw:commentRss (subscribe to comments on this topic). As soon as SourceForge CVS is working, it'll be available.
Saturday, July 12, 2003[n]Echo API
I've been reading Joe's draft Eco API doc, here's some comments (posted here, because following the wiki is just getting impossible for me, YMMV)
- what are all the valid element names for the introspection document?
- can i extend this with Namespace qualified elements?
- shouldn't this document be in a namespace?
- are fully qualified URLs required, can i use relative URLs instead? xml:base?
- Creating a new entry
- Why does creating a new entry goto the <edit-entry/> URL whilst updating an existing entry goto the <create-entry/> URL, based on the surounding text, I'd expect them both to go the <create-entry/> url
- in 4.2.1 the GET example, shouldn't the Content-Type header be an Accept header?
- Deleting an entry should use the HTTP DELETE method.
- Are the user prefs going to be defined, or is that upto the different apps?