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Validate url #1186

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KarthikSiddarth commented Sep 30, 2018

Closes #1050

Used NodeJs's URL module, the module provides a class that is implemented by following WHATWG's URL Standard (Link to the documentation)

When a string is passed as an argument to the constructor, if the stirng is a valid URL, it returns an object, that contains parsed URL (see example below). If the given string is not a valid URL string, then it throws an error stating the given string is an invalid URL.

Example for the value returned by WHATWG's URL API:

  href: '',
  origin: '',
  protocol: 'http:',
  username: '',
  password: '',
  host: '',
  hostname: '',
  port: '',
  pathname: '/',
  search: '',
  searchParams: URLSearchParams {},
  hash: '' }

Implementation details of making valid URL clickable in the response header

  • Implemented a function in the name of validateURL and placed into Response-Header-viewer module.
  • When the response header arrives, the value of each header property is passed to the validateURL function.
  • If the function returns true, then the value is wrapped with Link component, the component render the value as clickable link and make the webpage render in the default browser.
  • If the function returns false, then the value is rendered as it is.

Implementation details of the validateURL module

  • The module uses NodeJS's URL module, the URL module provide a class which is implemented by WHATWG's URL standard.
  • The module has one function, which takes a string, the string is then passed to URL constructor, if it throws an error, then the function returns false.
  • If URL constructor returns an object, then the function checks if the hostname property is a non-empty string, if it is an empty string, it returns false else it returns true.

Just a small comment 😄

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const { URL } = require('url');

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gschier Sep 30, 2018


Since this function isn't doing very much and is not used anywhere else, I recommend just adding it as a method on the ResponseHeadersViewer component.

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KarthikSiddarth Oct 1, 2018


sure, will work it and update you ASAP.


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KarthikSiddarth commented Oct 1, 2018

Hey Greg,
Removed the validateURL module from the insomnia-url package. Placed the function inside the response-header-viewer module. Checked by running the app, it worked fine.


gschier approved these changes Oct 2, 2018

Nice, thanks!

@gschier gschier merged commit 6f7a6d8 into getinsomnia:develop Oct 2, 2018

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