IETF has discussed the future of HTTP, and the next version is to be using SPDY as a starting point. There is a controversy though: Microsoft claims SPDY is no better than HTTP/1.1 with all optimizations turned on, while SPDY’s inventor says Microsoft’s tests actually confirm SPDY’s advantage in a real world scenario.
Lori MacVittie has recently posted an article describing why she believes SPDY will gain much wider acceptance in the Web than WebSockets. For her and several others, the differentiating aspect between these protocols is the way in which they use HTTP and SPDY wins because of this.
On behalf of the IETF, Mark Nottingham has recently published a draft of the Home Documents for HTTP APIs specification. Intended for non-browser clients, it provides a way to describe resources available from a particular site as well as possible hints on how to interact with those services.
Google and Microsoft want to improve HTTP with SPDY and Speed+Mobility. This article reviews both proposals outlining what benefits they bring to the much used Internet protocol.
Rackspace's Mark Nottingham, discusses the recent HTTPbis Working Group meeting, clarifications to the HTTP/1.1 specification, and the influence of SPDY on the group that have resulted in a change to its charter enabling them to begin considering HTTP/2.0.
While W3C is still progressing with the current HTML5 specification, the work has started on HTML.Next, comprising a number of new elements and attributes, but no new APIs.
Developed since 2010 by Rich Hickey and the Relevance team, Datomic offers some new approaches to database architecture. Leveraging current trends in cloud and storage it has strong transactions, rich query API and read scaling.
Lori Macvittie recently raised concerns about WebSockets vulnerabilities to viruses and malware due to the removal of HTTP headers and MIME types. Given other reported security issues with the protocol and implementations, is it time to step back and consider what a world based on WebSockets should look like?
Apache has released the HTTP Server version 2.4 with performance improvements, enhanced concurrency, asynchronous I/O support, lower resource footprint and others.
The Netty 3.3.1 release adds support for SPDY protocol, which has been proposed for inclusion in http/2.0, fixes regression of Android support and reduces memory consumption of ZLib compression.
As the title suggests, in Best Practices For HTTP API Evolvability, Benjamin Carlyle, set out to define priciples and practices for designing systems, that are built around HTTP API’s. Systems, that are extensible and can evolve over time.
EclipseSource has released the first stable version for an open source JUnit extension that automates testing of REST/HTTP services supporting both synchronous and asynchronous calls.
The "Apache Killer" lets an attacker use a single PC to wage a denial of service attack against an Apache server. So far, the Apache development team has issued an alert and workarounds in advance of rolling out a patch for the flaw in Apache HTTPD Web Server 1.3 and 2.X, but no patches.
Adam DuVander, from the Programmable Web, reported last week on a survey of API experiences which raised some of the largest problems developers encounter in consuming Web APIs, including the most popular APIs.
W3C has opened up their infrastructure and expertise to the world to create Community and Business Groups useful to develop specifications and tests or simply hold discussions around web technologies. W3C Community Groups are open and do not require any fee, and all proceedings are public, while Business Groups do require a fee. Interview with Ian Jacobs, Head of W3C Marketing and Communications.