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A minor release with a couple pull requests from the community.
Looking forward, release 0.8 will likely contain an upgrade to HttpClient 4.3 and migrate to Groovy's native JsonBuilder for sending JSON. Both of these changes have the potential to introduce backwards incompatibilities.
A long overdue release containing a number of community contributions. For a full list see the Changes page.
The dependency on Groovy is now 'provided' scope. If you were previously relying on HTTPBuilder to pull Groovy into the dependency tree, you will now need to explicitly import it.
The 0.6.0 release is now available which takes care of upgrading some older dependencies.
The source code is now hosted on Github
With so many other projects, HTTPBuilder has taken a back seat, to say the least. Well, I've finally made 0.5.2 official, so folks relying on snapshots can now use a release version. I hope to turn around 0.5.3 quickly to address a couple important issues like the Groovy range dependency, SSL host verification, preemptive auth and maybe whitespace URI parameter encoding.
Stay tuned and watch for snapshots!
I've been meaning to implement this for a while now, especially since Twitter made the switch, and I use the Twitter API for a lot of unit tests. Now, OAuth is supported in HTTPBuilder 0.5.1 thanks to the Signpost framework. The implementation isn't perfect due to a limitation in HttpClient 4.0. However, once HttpClient 4.1 is released, I expect to update the implementation which should be transparent to most users.
I did my best to ensure this release is binary compatible with version 0.5.0. While 0.5.1 has an optional dependency on Signpost, if you are not using OAuth to sign your requests, you should not need the Signpost JARs on your classpath. No Signpost classes are loaded until you indicate that you want to OAuth sign your requests.
I've pushed 0.5.0 out the door! It's the same as RC3, so if you've been using that you should be able to just change the version number and you're good to go. I'm already working on some minor improvements for a minor release (0.5.1) but they didn't merit being squeezed into the 0.5.0 release since it's already been delayed so long. Enjoy!
So I had a couple people mention that they had trouble using Grape to download RC3 due to a bad checksum on the POM file. I tried re-deploying it, (thinking it was a bad upload) and now I'm getting a _bunch_ of people saying they can't download it!
As a work-around, please add the following line to ~/.groovy/grapeConfig.xml: <property name="ivy.checksums" value=""/>. This should allow Grape to ignore the checksum and download the file, until I've got the checksum problem resolved. Stay tuned!
I've been extremely lax in getting 0.5.0 out the door, but a couple minor bugs have been uncovered in the mean time. All known defects are fixed at this point, and I'm planning on releasing 0.5.0 final in the next week or so, provided no new defects are uncovered!
Please test out RC3 and stay tuned!
So I added this project to Ohloh, which found HTTPBuilder to be "Extremely well commented," :) but also a "small development team." :( The stats are a little off too, since it has included the HTML and XHTML DTDs which are in source control, but I obviously did not write them...
On a related note, if the Ohloh animated GIF on the sidebar particularly annoys anyone, just complain and I can remove it. Although I do like how it brags about the project :)
So no matter how hard I try, I can't seem to release 0.5.0. More accurately, a few important issues came up that I didn't want to fix in a 0.6 branch immediately after a 0.5.0 release. So my solution instead is to introduce some late changes...
Probably the most important change is URIBuilder's handling of query parameters. Previously, URIBuilder only allowed a single value per-parameter. That is, it was impossible to do ?one=1&two=2&one=3 because the Map literal does not allow duplicate keys. Well, now you can pass a list of values like so: uri.query = [ one: ['1','3'] , two: 2 ] which will add two values for one. Of course, this behavior merits a change to the addQueryParam method as well.
As a result, URIBuilder.addQueryParam and addQueryParams will not replace any existing parameters with the same name; instead it will add to a multi-valued list for the given parameter. Parameters with single values will remain as strings, not lists.
RC1 is released! Go download it!
Keep in mind there are a few breaking changes from 0.4.1. See the JIRA report for a full list of changes. Some breaking changes include:
Of course the 0.5.0 release has a ton of more interesting changes; read below for most of them...
I was just about to release version 0.5.0-RC1 and announce it on the mailing list, when suddenly my unit tests started failing! HTTP response code: 503 - http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd ... What? Turns out, I got bit by the W3C trying frantically to conserve their bandwidth.
So realizing this is something that should really be built in, I added the capability via Apache's XML Resolver. All HTML4 and XHTML DTDs are now cached in a default catalog, so parsing any sites that reference those DTDs should see a significant performance improvement now.
The 0.5.0 release is almost feature complete; see JIRA for a list of issues that have been gone into this version. One of the major changes in today's snaphot release is deprecation of the 'params' named parameter.
For HTTPBuilder operations that take name parameters, params has been replaced by query to set URL query parameters. This is to more clearly differentiate between URL and form POST parameters, and to avoid possible collision with future convenience methods for Apache HttpClient 'params' configuration.
Please test out the latest snapshot; if I don't hear any bug reports in a week or two, I'll release v0.5.0.
Note to Maven users: The project's group ID has changed to conform with the standard for Groovy projects hosted on Codehaus. The new group ID is org.codehaus.groovy.modules.http-builder.
The 0.5 release is still pending, but I have an exciting new feature - HttpURLClient. This may seem redundant, since its features are almost identical to HTTPBuilder and RESTClient. The kicker though is that this class works with Google App Engine!
GAE's Java sandbox doesn't allow socket usage, which totally kills Apache HttpClient (and hence, HB). This class uses HttpURLConnection for all I/O, enabling most of the conveniences of HTTPBuilder within GAE. Try it out in the latest HTTPBuilder snapshot.
Documentation is in the process of being overhauled to provide more comprehensive API examples. I've published a version that is still in progress, but certainly better than the single document that I had previously.