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WebOb Toolkit: Requests for Aliens!

WebOb Toolkit is a tool kit for building HTTP_ clients using WebOb_
request and response objects and `wsgi middleware`_.

You may already be familiar with Webob_ request and response objects
if you have experience with a web framework that uses them such as
pyramid_ or WebTest_ .


Here are some examples of how WebOb Toolkit can be used.

A Very Simple HTTP Client

If you didn't know, WebOb's Request object grew a "get_response_" method for
sending an http request to either a wsgi application, or a url and
returning the response. ::

>>> from webob import Request
>>> str(Request.blank("").get_response())
'301 Moved Permanently\nLocation:\nContent-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8\nDate: Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:58:59 GMT\nExpires: Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:58:59 GMT\nCache-Control: public, max-age=2592000\nServer: gws\nContent-Length: 220\nX-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block\nX-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN\nAlternate-Protocol: 443:quic\n\n<html><head><meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8">\n<title>301 Moved</title></head><body>\n

301 Moved

\nThe document has moved\nhere.\r\n</body></html>\r\n'

That is a pretty neat trick, but as http clients go, typically you
need other functionality like handling `http compression`_ for example
or `handling cookies`_.

WebOb Toolkit provides this additional functionality as `wsgi
middleware`_ which allows you to compose your own solutions in much
the same way as you compose wsgi applications to be used as HTTP_

Handling Compression

According to the `http compression`_ article on wikipedia, an http
client can request a compressed response by including an
"Accept-Encoding" header with the request. In WebOb_ you would
do... ::

>>> from webob import Request
>>> Request.blank("", headers={"Accept-Encoding": "gzip, deflate"}).get_response().headers.get("Content-Encoding", "Content was not encoded")

As you can see, we requested gzipped content from github, and it
responded nicely. However, if we were to do anything with the body of
the response we would have to uncompress it first. So, it seems that
the rules for compression is to a header with each request and
uncompress the body of each response if the response includes a
"Content-Encoding" header.

The next example, uses webobtoolkit's decode_filter to handle
compressed responses. ::

>>> from webob import Request
>>> from webob.client import send_request_app as app
>>> from webobtoolkit.filters import decode_filter
>>> app_gzip = decode_filter(app)
>>> Request.blank("", headers={"Accept-Encoding": "gzip"}).get_response(app).body[:100]
'\x1f\x8b\x08\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x03\xdd[\xdbr\xe4\xc6\x91}\xf7W\x94\x9b\x1b\xa3\xdd0\xd1\xf7\x1b9M:\xe6B\xd9\xb3\xb6%\xda\x1cY\x92\x1d\x0eF5Ph`\x08\xa0 \\H\xf6\xfc\x98\xdf\xf7\xcb|\xb2\xaa\x00\x14\xd0M69Kk\xbdV\x84\xa6\x9b@]\xb32O\x9e\xcc\xac^\xfd\xf2\xfd\xb7\xef>\xfexy\xc1\x82"\x8e\xce\x7f'
>>> Request.blank("", headers={"Accept-Encoding": "gzip"}).get_response(app_gzip).body[:100]
'\n<html>\n <head prefix="og: fb: object: http:/'

From the above example you will notice a couple of differences from
previous examples. Firstly we are importing WebOb's send_request_app_
and some `wsgi middleware`_ from webobtoolkit for handling compressed
responses. We wrap webob's app with the decode_filter to create an app
that will decompress any response we may encounter.

The first call to github is through webobs app. And as you can see,
the response is compressed just like we asked. The second call is
through the new app we created by wrapping webob's app with
webobtoolkits decode_filter, and as you can see the response has been

The name " filter"="" is="" being="" used="" here="" to="" differentiate="" between="" `wsgi="" middleware`_="" which="" is="" usually="" used="" in="" the="" context="" of="" servers="" and="" `wsgi="" middleware`_="" that="" is="" intended="" for="" use="" with="" clients.="" filters="" and="" middleware="" are="" identical="" in="" regards="" to="" how="" they="" are="" implemented.="" here="" is="" how="" the="" decode_filter="" is="" implemented.="" as="" you="" can="" see,="" it="" doesn't="" take="" much="" to="" write="" a="" filter.="" ..="" literalinclude::="" ..="" ..="" ..="" webobtoolkit="" webobtoolkit="""" :pyobject:="" decode_filter="" a="" more="" robust="" http="" client="" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~="" requests_="" is="" a="" good="" example="" of="" a="" more="" useful="" http="" client.="" according="" to="" the="" docs="" it="" includes="" a="" lot="" of="" useful="" things="" that="" one="" would="" want="" for="" in="" an="" http="" client.="" some="" of="" the="" things="" it="" includes="" are.="" *="" handling="" compression="" *="" handling="" cookies="" *="" handling="" redirects="" *="" guessing,="" handling="" charset="" decoding="" *="" connection="" pooling="" *="" ssl="" verification="" *="" form="" posts="" *="" file="" uploads="" and="" probably="" much="" more.="" a="" lot="" of="" this="" functionality="" can="" be="" written="" on="" top="" of="" webob="" and="" a="" series="" of="" filters.="" we've="" already="" seen="" how="" one="" might="" handle="" compression.="" webob="" toolkit="" provides="" filters="" for="" handling="" cookies,="" redirects="" and="" handling="" unspecified="" charsets.="" ::="">>> from webob import Request
>>> from webob.client import send_request_app
>>> from webobtoolkit import filters
>>> requests_app = filters.auto_redirect_filter(filters.cookie_filter(filters.decode_filter(filters.charset_filter(send_request_app))))
>>> Request.blank("").get_response(requests_app)
>>> str(Request.blank("").get_response(requests_app))[:500]
'200 OK\nDate: Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:35:40 GMT\nExpires: -1\nCache-Control: private, max-age=0\nContent-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1\nServer: gws\nX-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block\nX-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN\n\n<html itemscope="" itemtype=""><head><meta content="Search the world\'s information, including webpages, images, videos and more. Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you\'re looking for." name="description">  
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