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Re-assessing the automatic charset decoding policy in HTTPX (via) Tom Christie ran an analysis of the top 1,000 most accessed websites (according to an older extract from Google’s Ad Planner service) and found that a full 5% of them both omitted a charset parameter and failed to decode as UTF-8. As a result, HTTPX will be depending on the charset-normalizer Python library to handle those cases. # 13th August 2021, 10:07 pm


Async Support—HTTPX (via) HTTPX is the new async-friendly HTTP library for Python spearheaded by Tom Christie. It works in both async and non-async mode with an API very similar to requests. The async support is particularly interesting—it’s a really clean API, and now that Jupyter supports top-level await you can run ’(await httpx.AsyncClient().get(url)).text’ directly in a cell and get back the response. Most excitingly the library lets you pass an ASGI app directly to the client and then perform requests against it—ideal for unit tests. # 10th January 2020, 4:49 am


Porting Datasette to ASGI, and Turtles all the way down

This evening I finally closed a Datasette issue that I opened more than 13 months ago: #272: Port Datasette to ASGI. A few notes on why this is such an important step for the project.

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The ASGI specification provides an opportunity for Python to hit a productivity/performance sweet-spot for a wide range of use-cases, from writing high-volume proxy servers through to bringing large-scale web applications to market at speed.

Tom Christie # 8th October 2018, 2:43 pm