Cool Firefox AddOn: Poster

     Here's a cool utility for non-unix users, who have been looking for a curl  like solution for sending HTTP requests with the various HTTP methods - GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, etc. It is the Firefox add-on Poster.

         Poster is a  developer tool for interacting with web services and other web resources that lets you make HTTP requests, set the entity body, and content type. This allows you to interact with web services and inspect the results.

        The add-on can be installed from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2691.

        Once the add-on is installed, you will be able to see an icon P in the Firefox browser status bar.

PosterIcon.png

Clicking this, would popup a Poster window, where  you can enter  the URL to which  you want to send the HTTP request,  set the HTTP method, set the  request headers, any query parameters, etc. 

PosterWindow.png

Also, you will be able to view  the response that is sent back.

        This tool will be very useful at the time of development of RESTful Web Services.

   Supported versions of Firefox: 1.5 - 3.0.\*

   In my opinion, this tool is even better that curl, thanks to the GUI. Moreover, it is pretty easy to learn and use, pretty much self-explanatory.


Comments:

This extension is useful for testing short ajax requests. But its almost useless when the response is a complete html page. And it does not have the option to show the response in the browser window.

Posted by Calmarius on September 11, 2010 at 08:15 AM PDT #

Calmarius,

its true that it might not be useful for complete html responses, but its a very good utility when it comes to doing quick test or exploration of some REST APIs. I use it on a daily basis.

Another good tool is Apigee's API console, http://app.apigee.com/console, which allows you to play around any REST API.

Posted by Naresh on September 12, 2010 at 04:12 PM PDT #

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