Basic working example of a REST URL shortener built with webmachine-ruby
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This is a super simple example app built with webmachine-ruby (the Ruby port of the Erlang webmachine library).

The app is a simple URL shortener.

Create Shortened URLs

POST to the root path to create a shortened link. Set the Content-Type to application/json and pass in JSON data as the request body with a "url" field. In our example, we're creating a shortened link to http://www.example.com

curl -v http://localhost:8080 -d '{"url":"http://www.example.com"}' -H "Content-Type: application/json"
* About to connect() to localhost port 8080 (#0)
*   Trying ::1... Connection refused
*   Trying 127.0.0.1... connected
* Connected to localhost (127.0.0.1) port 8080 (#0)
> POST / HTTP/1.1
> User-Agent: curl/7.21.4 (universal-apple-darwin11.0) libcurl/7.21.4 OpenSSL/0.9.8r zlib/1.2.5
> Host: localhost:8080
> Accept: */*
> Content-Type: application/json
> Content-Length: 32
> 
< HTTP/1.1 201 Created 
< Content-Type: application/json
< Location: http://localhost:8080/yr9hm
< X-Webmachine-Trace-Id: 70195680386660
< Content-Length: 0
< Server: Webmachine-Ruby/1.0.0 Rack/1.1
< Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:20:19 GMT
< Connection: Keep-Alive
< 
* Connection #0 to host localhost left intact
* Closing connection #0

The generated short link is contained in the Location field: http://localhost:8080/yr9hm in this case.

Follow Shortened URLS

GET the location given when creating a request.

curl -v http://localhost:8080/yr9hm
* About to connect() to localhost port 8080 (#0)
*   Trying ::1... Connection refused
*   Trying 127.0.0.1... connected
* Connected to localhost (127.0.0.1) port 8080 (#0)
> GET /yr9hm HTTP/1.1
> User-Agent: curl/7.21.4 (universal-apple-darwin11.0) libcurl/7.21.4 OpenSSL/0.9.8r zlib/1.2.5
> Host: localhost:8080
> Accept: */*
> 
< HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently 
< Content-Type: application/json
< Location: http://www.example.com
< X-Webmachine-Trace-Id: 70195680433860
< Content-Length: 0
< Server: Webmachine-Ruby/1.0.0 Rack/1.1
< Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:24:17 GMT
< Connection: Keep-Alive
< 
* Connection #0 to host localhost left intact
* Closing connection #0

This serves up a redirect to the original URL we created a shortend URL for