| Hi, I am a Lisp newbie. I am trying to load a web page into a string
| with Lispworks, in order to parse the html code.
| I am trying to use open-tcp-stream, but I am confused about the value
| I have to use for the parameter "service".
| Basically I just want to do:
| (with-open-stream (web-page (comm:open-tcp-stream
| "www.thewebpage.com" ?))
| (loop for line = (read-line web-page nil nil)
| while line
| do (write-line line))))
| First, I don't know what the value of "?" should be. Second, I have
| the hunch this will not work anyway. Can anyone tell me what am I
You're missing quite a bit. See RFC 1945 "Hypertext Transfer
Protocol -- HTTP/1.0" <http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1945.txt>
and RFC 2616 "Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1"
<http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2616.txt> for details.
Note that for simple client apps you can usually get away with
implementing only the HTTP/1.0 protocol, *except*... even when
doing HTTP/1.0 you should *always* send the HTTP/1.1 "Host:" request
header anyway, since so many web sites these days use name-based
virtual hosting. [Fortunately, all of the popular web servers will,
as required by HTTP/1.1, correctly interpret the "Host:" request
header even if the request uses HTTP/1.0 protocol otherwise.]
p.s. A simple standards-conforming HTTP/1.0 [+"Host:"] "GET"-only
client *can* be written in only ~100 lines of CL. [Handling "POST"
is only slightly more complicated.]
Rob Warnock <email@example.com>
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