[aerogear-dev] AeroGear WebPush Java Client
idel.pivnitskiy at gmail.com
Wed Aug 19 00:30:19 EDT 2015
I've just implemented a lightweight java client for receiving push messages
from AeroGear WebPush Server . It is easy to use and fully async!
A few words about decision to use Jetty as a HTTP/2 client:
Currently there are only 3 Java libraries, which implement client side of
HTTP/2 protocol : Netty, Jetty and OkHttp. I tried all of them:
- First of all I tried to use OkHttp. This is a lightweight http client
for Android and other Java apps. But currently this library supports HTTP/2
protocol only via old HTTP/1.1 API. It works well for simple
request-response, but its client API does not allow to use HTTP/2 features,
like Server Push Frames. I looked at GRPC , because Googlers use OkHttp
for HTTP/2 transport. But they don't use public API, they use only inner
classes to handle frames and built their own logic atop this classes. It
would be too complicated for our purposes.
- Secondary, I tried to refactor our WebPush console to a client
library. But this way is complicated too. netty-codec-http2 does not
provide a client API, it is only codec, low level protocol implementation.
- Now I use jetty-http2-client. It is easy to configure and use, fast
and async. Jetty provides a user friendly API to handle HTTP/2 streams and
get PUSH_PROMISE frames.
For more information, look at my commit history.
In the future, if there will be more lightweight alternatives than Jetty
(for example, new version of OkHttp or Java 9 API), I will rewrite the
transport layer of my library.
Here is an example, how to use my library .
E-mail: Idel.Pivnitskiy at gmail.com
Twitter: @idelpivnitskiy <https://twitter.com/idelpivnitskiy>
GitHub: @idelpivnitskiy <https://github.com/idelpivnitskiy>
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