[SPAM] Re: [squeak-dev] WebClient / Port to Pharo

Frank Shearar frank.shearar at angband.za.org
Tue Jun 15 07:50:01 UTC 2010

On 2010/06/15 08:19, Sven Van Caekenberghe wrote:
> On 15 Jun 2010, at 02:58, Lawson English wrote:
>> On 6/14/10 11:57 AM, Sven Van Caekenberghe wrote:
>>> Hi Andreas,
>>> I have been looking and using your WebClient package. Your key point, the existing HttpClient was not good (to be polite) and yours is much better, is spot on. Therefor it seems important that your code works well in Pharo too (my main Smalltalk platform). I looked at your WebClient-Pharo package in detail and decided to try to make it no longer necessary. I think I succeeded: in Pharo 1.1rc2, my slightly modified WebClient-Core package passes all unit tests without the need for any Pharo specific patches.
>> Does the WebClient package include https capabilities?
> No, it does not. It would be very nice to have of course.
> But writing an HTTPS (SSL) implementation at the Smalltalk level is a lot of work.
> Very few environments do (it could be that VW does so).
> Most link to OpenSSL to do the job, but that add another VM dependency.

IIRC, the Crypto team 
(http://lists.squeakfoundation.org/pipermail/cryptography/) got an SSL 
implementation working. They've been a bit quiet of late.

(I'd just use OpenSSL: it's been beaten around the head for a long time.)


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