HTTP Class Overview

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This document provides an overview of the classes used by the Mozilla HTTP implementation. It's meant as a guide to developers wishing to understand or extend the Mozilla HTTP implementation.

nsHttpHandler

  • implements nsIProtocolHandler
  • manages preferences
  • owns the authentication cache
  • holds references to frequently used services

nsHttpChannel

  • implements nsIHttpChannel
  • talks to the cache
  • initiates http transactions
  • processes http response codes
  • intercepts progress notifications

nsHttpConnection

nsHttpConnectionInfo

  • identifies a connection

nsHttpTransaction

  • implements nsIRequest
  • encapsulates a http request and response
  • parses incoming data

nsHttpChunkedDecoder

  • owned by a transaction
  • strips chunked transfer encoding

nsHttpRequestHead

  • owns a nsHttpHeaderArray
  • knows how to fill a request buffer

nsHttpResponseHead

  • owns a nsHttpHeaderArray
  • knows how to parse response lines
  • performs common header manipulations/calculations

nsHttpHeaderArray

  • stores http "<header>:<value>" pairs

nsHttpAuthCache

  • stores authentication credentials for http auth domains

nsHttpBasicAuth

nsHttpDigestAuth

Original Document Information

  • Author(s): Darin Fisher
  • Last Updated Date: August 5, 2002
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