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7 items tagged “post”


PostBin. Handy debugging tool for webhooks—create a TinyURL-style URL, then see a log of any POST requests made to that address.

# 21st September 2009, 11:03 pm / http, post, postbin, webhooks

rather baffling finding: POST requests, made via the XMLHTTP object, send header and body data in separate tcp/ip packets [and therefore,] xmlhttp GET performs better when sending small amounts of data than an xmlhttp POST

Iain Lamb

# 18th August 2009, 12:27 pm / ajax, get, http, iainlamb, performance, post, xmlhttprequest

Styling buttons to look like links. Nat has a neat trick for styling submit buttons to look like regular links—so there’s absolutely no excuse for using a “delete” link when you should be using a POST request.

# 10th June 2009, 2:11 am / buttons, css, forms, getpost, http, links, natalie-downe, post


REST, I just don’t get it. Read the comments for some excellent practical reasons to care about REST, including cache management (PUT and DELETE can expire the cache entries for the corresponding GET), the ability to add or move parts of the server API without redeploying client libraries and the idempotency of GET / PUT / DELETE and HEAD (repeated POST operations may have side-effects).

# 15th August 2008, 8:20 am / caching, damien-katz, delete, get, idempotency, post, put, rest

If it's easy to make all your calls conform to the RESTful verb architecture, then that's good, I guess. But if not, then just use a POST as an RPC call, keep it as simple as possible and be done with it. And don't spend another minute worrying about being RESTful or not.

Damien Katz

# 15th August 2008, 8:07 am / damien-katz, http, post, rest, restful, rpc, web-services

Browser Uploads to S3 using HTML POST Forms. I didn’t know you could do this: create a regular HTML form that gives people permission to upload direct to your own S3 bucket, using a signed JSON policy statement in a hidden form field to prevent third parties from abusing your S3 account.

# 27th June 2008, 12:11 pm / amazon, aws, forms, json, post, s3, signing


Sending a postal letter via the internets?

Thanks mycapaciousbottega. It looks like there’s still a business opportunity here because doesn’t work! I got through the create-your-letter step, but when I hit the “pay” button I got an error from the payment service stating that their user account didn’t exist.

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