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HTTP Transport Overview

The urn:org:netkernel:tpt:http module contains a full-featured HTTP transport infrastructure comprising a set of composable parts that may be combined to create flexible HTTP request processing.

  • HTTP Transport - a high-performance HTTP transport.
  • HTTP Bridge - an overlay that presents the low-level HTTPRequest and HTTPResponse objects as an ROC addressable resource space.
  • HTTP Session - an overlay that detects HTTP Cookies and maps them to a server-side session address space which is injected into the request scope.

These parts can be configured to provide an HTTP application or web service implementation a uniform ROC addressable resource representing the HTTP request event detected by the transport.

Typical Deployment Pattern

The diagram below shows a typical deployment pattern.

image/svg+xml Fulcrum Space HTTPTransport HTTPBridge Overlay Application Space Web Application Endpoint Inserted HTTP Space httpRequest: httpResponse:

A root request from the physical-level HTTP transport is injected into the Fulcrum Space. The HTTPBridge is configured to receive the root request. The Bridge then takes the underlying HTTPRequest and Response Objects and hides them inside a dynamically inserted httpRequest: / httpResponse: address space.

Tthe Web Application in the "Application Space" sees only a uniform logical address space httpRequest: and httpResponse: and does not need to be concerned by the low level physical transport.

Preconfigured Fulcrums

The front and back-end fulcrums provided with NetKernel Standard Edition are preconfigured in the above deployment pattern so typically application and service developers should not need to worry about the low level physical infrastructure.


HTTP is a stateless protocol but often it can be convenient to store server-side state between requests from a given web-client. Low-level session cookies are usually exchanged in order to correlate a server-side stateful session with an individual web client. Therefore each request from the web-client is reconnected to the stateful resources held in their "session".

The NetKernel HTTPSession infrastructure does for web-sessions what the HTTPBridge does for the low-level HTTP protocol - it abstracts a session into a uniform logical resource address space and automatically correlates the client with its session space.

image/svg+xml Application Space HTTPSession Overlay Application Space Web Application Endpoint Inserted Session Space session: HTTP Space httpRequest: httpResponse:

Sessions are not configured by default but may be inserted into a web application's address space using the HTTPSession overlay. Once the HTTPSession overlay is in place the application may seamlessly SINK and SOURCE to the session:/ address space and know that each future request from the currently interacting web-client will be correlated to the same session:/ space the next time they request the application or service.

An application developer that places their application in a HTTPBridge and HTTPSession is presented with a completely uniform set of logical ROC address spaces: httpRequest:. httpResponse: and session: