Friday Mar 13, 2009

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.


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Naresh worked at Sun Microsystems for two years. During these two years he had worked on the Project Metro and Project Jersey.

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