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This module provides a simple HTTP Server built on top of


To create a server instance, one must first instantiate it using:

server = http\Server::create bind_address port backlog

Where the backlog is is the maximum number of queued incoming connections to allow on the listening socket. Queued TCP connections exceeding this limit may be rejected by the TCP implementation. If this value is less than or equal to zero, then a system default value is used.

Handling a client request

Once instantiated, the route handlers should be added to the server instance:

server2 = http\Server::handle "/path" :binary handler_function server

Function handle expects the server path handled by the handler function, then it expects a body encoding symbol (either :binary or :text - default, utf-8 encoded), which is used to convert the client request body into either a sequence of bytes or a string, then the handler function as specified in the following part and the server object.

Handler function is a function of three arguments, specifically connection params, request headers and request body: Connection params is a dictionary containing: * local_address * protocol * remote_address * method * uri

Headers is a dictionary containing HTTP request headers and body is a sequence with the request body. The handler function returns a triple of response code, response headers and response body.

Example handler function:

handler = \params headers raw_body -> let
    {"i" = i} = JSON::parse raw_body
in (200, {"content-type" = "application/json"}, JSON::generate {"result" = i * 2})

Note that an uncaught exception thrown in the handler function results in server responding with response code 500 and exception details in the body of the response.

Wrapping it all up and starting a server

Last function of this module is a function start which takes the server instance after all routes have been initialized and starts listening for connections.

http\Server::start server

Using pipe operators, its possible to conveniently define server for example this way:

max_connections = 100
server = http\Server::create "" port max_connections
        |> http\Server::handle "/path" handler
        |> http\Server::start

A full example showing use of both HTTP server and client in an application for distributed PI computation can be seen in this test case.

Last update: August 17, 2020