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Golfing httpd

I’m building a internet radio player and wanted both a curses and web interface to switch stations. Looking at the various modules in the ecosystem provided lots of options that do lots of things. I had a bug hunt in those field a while ago and didn’t like it. The amount of httpd I need is fairly small and I thought to myself: „Somebody should golf that!“. And so I did.

The objective is to have as little http as I can get away with. I want to display the names of available stations and receive a station-id to switch stations. And maybe a stop, play and record button. That can be done with with lines of text. So text/plain it is.

I can stuff channel-ids and button names into URLs. What means implementing only GET will do. Caching or other fancy stuff wont be needed, what makes the HTTP-header static. The most complex thing to do would be taking the URL apart.

That’s what I came up with:

my sub term:<now>() { DateTime.now.Instant but role :: { method Str { self.DateTime.hh-mm-ss } } };
my &BOLD = $*OUT.t ?? sub (*@s) { "\e[1m{@s.join('')}\e[0m" } !! sub (|c) { c };

constant HTTP-HEADER = "HTTP/1.1 200 OK", "Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8", "Content-Encoding: UTF-8", "";
constant term:<HTTP-HEADER-404> = "HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found", "Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8", "Content-Encoding: UTF-8", "";

react {
    whenever IO::Socket::Async.listen('', 8080) -> $conn {
        note „{now} incomming connection from {$conn.peer-host}:{$conn.peer-port}“;
        my @msg = HTTP-HEADER;
        whenever $conn.Supply.lines {
            if /^GET  (<[\w„/“]>+) [„HTTP“ \d „/“ \d]? / {
                note „{now} GET $0“;
                given $0.Str {
                    @msg.push: „running since {BEGIN now} UTC“ when „/status“;

                    @msg.push: „Hello World!“ when „/“;

                    done when „/exit“
                    default {
                        @msg = HTTP-HEADER-404;
                        @msg.push: „Resource {.Str} not found.“;

            if /^$/ { 
                for {
                    once note .Str;
                    $conn.print(.Str ~ "\n")
        CLOSE {
            note „{now} connection closed“;
        CATCH { default { warn BOLD .^name, ': ', .Str; warn BOLD "handled in $?LINE"; } }

The whole thing waits for a connection. Then takes the URL apart and fills an Array with lines of text. That Array is then send back to the client. A few lines of logging and error handling.

The less code there is the less ground a bug hunter has to cover. Luckily Perl 6 is very friendly to golfers.

UPDATE: Add proper handling of the http header terminator, what leads to less error handling. Also, add some more log output.

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  1. September 11, 2017 at 23:18

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