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= SimpleHttp - a simplified wrapper around Net::Http

SimpleHttp aims to reduce the complexity of Net::Http while providing
the most commonly used (by me) http functionality. 


* Using +gem+

	gem install simplehttp

* Using +setup.rb+

	ruby setup.rb config
	ruby setup.rb install

* tarball and zip packages are available from


* Require the lib: 
	require 'simplehttp'

* No fuss one line GET and POST requests:
	str = SimpleHttp.get ""
	str = SimpleHttp.get ""

* Can use URI or String url interchangibly

	str = SimpleHttp.get URI.parse ""

* Transparent Proxy Handling. Uses the 'http_proxy' environment
  variable if set, also provides a +set_proxy+ method.

	http = ""
	http.set_proxy "" "query" => "example_query"

* POST sends ruby Hashes as 'application/x-www-form/urlencoded' per
  default, but can send any data.

	http = "" imageData, "img/png"

* Automatically handles SSL
	str = SimpleHttp.get ""

* Easy HTTP Basic Authentication
	str = SimpleHttp.get URI.parse("") 
	http = ""
	http.basic_authentication "user", "password" "query" => "example_query" 

* Access headers of the request or response
	http = ""
	http.request_headers["X-Custom-Header"]="useful header"	
	puts "server set cookie: #{http.response_headers['set-cookie']}"
* Automatically follows Http Redirects.

The +get+ and +post+ methods return a +String+ containing the
body of the request if the request was successful (HTTP 200). In case of
a redirect, the redirect is followed and the ultimate response is
returned. Per Default, up to three redirects are followed, this
behaviour can be modified by setting +follow_num_redirects+. 

In case of any other type of response, an exception is raised.

The default behaviour can be modified by registering handlers
using the +register_response_handler+ method. E.g. if you'd like to
retrieve the +Date+ header instead of the body for successful

	http = ...
	http.register_response_handler(Net::HTTPSuccess) {|req,res,http|

Or you'd like to print the +Location+ and then raise an exception in
case of a redirect:

	http = ...
	http.register_response_handler(Net::HTTPRedirect) {|req,res,http|
		puts res['location']
		raise "REDIRECT not allowed!"
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