A Quick and Clean Way to Test Your HTTP GET and POST request


photo via Corey Templeton via CC License

Well, this post is simple, HTTP POST is relatively complex than HTTP GET, some times you want to do a quick test with your post data.

Here are the solutions I know. If you have any other solutions, let me know.

A Free POST Only Test Sever

Access: http://www.posttestserver.com/post.php. This will dump all the http data for you.
A good/bad approach of this site I like is that this site will record your request and you can review your request later.
But we are not always just want to view the data in web page, sometimes, we also want to use it in unit test.

For example I had posted a request and your can see it here: http://www.posttestserver.com/data/2012/05/11/00.24.01738126829

It’s a test from an iOS App I recently work on.

The Ultimate Solution for Testing HTTP Request


This is the BEST site I know for test HTTP request. As it listed on the home page, there many test endpoint:


/ This page.
/ip Returns Origin IP.
/user-agent Returns user-agent.
/headers Returns header dict.
/get Returns GET data.
/post Returns POST data.
/put Returns PUT data.
/delete Returns DELETE data.
/gzip Returns gzip-encoded data.
/status/:code Returns given HTTP Status code.
/response-headers?key=val Returns given response headers.
/redirect/:n 302 Redirects n times.
/relative-redirect/:n 302 Relative redirects n times.
/cookies Returns cookie data.
/cookies/set/:name/:value Sets a simple cookie.
/basic-auth/:user/:passwd Challenges HTTPBasic Auth.
/hidden-basic-auth/:user/:passwd 404′d BasicAuth.
/digest-auth/:qop/:user/:passwd Challenges HTTP Digest Auth.
/stream/:n Streams n–100 lines.
/delay/:n Delays responding for n–10 seconds.

This site is really awesome! Just try it!

Any suggestion?

If you have any suggestion or better solutions, please leave a comment.

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Think different


Good things are always inspirational, this ad not only inspired a lot of Appler, but also encouraged me to do what I want to do.

Many thanks to Steve Jobs. I will always miss you.

The scripts

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.

While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

The video

Think different(HD)

The icon of TextEdit.app

Make the UITableView with group style to round the image.

The point is, the roundCorner is draw by a subview of UITableViewCell, and mean while, it’s not a public class, there is no way you can get layer.cornerRadius from any view. So we need to resolve this problem by ourselves.

There are 2 cases.

  1. There is only one cell.

    This case is ease, just use cell.contentView.layer.cornerRadius and cell.contentView.layer.masksToBounds to make it work.

  2. There are more than one cell.

    This case is a little bit difficult. We need to deal each cell separately. Use the cell.contentView.layer.mask property to make it work. The first cell and the last cell has different round corner position. So draw the path and make it work.

Which direction is `UIImageOrientationUp`

UIImage has a good property named imageOrientation, all the images taken by iPhone/iPad is stored in physical orientation, when draw it on the view, most of the UIKit API and CoreGraphic API can recognize the orientation and render it it correct orientation. But if you need to resize the image or do some effect on the image by yourself, you need to calculate the image orientation by yourself. Thus you MUST understand which direction is UIImageOrientationUp.

The possible orientations

The UIImage header file defined the orientations as:

typedef enum {
    UIImageOrientationUp,            // default orientation
    UIImageOrientationDown,          // 180 deg rotation
    UIImageOrientationLeft,          // 90 deg CCW
    UIImageOrientationRight,         // 90 deg CW
    UIImageOrientationUpMirrored,    // as above but image mirrored along other axis. horizontal flip
    UIImageOrientationDownMirrored,  // horizontal flip
    UIImageOrientationLeftMirrored,  // vertical flip
    UIImageOrientationRightMirrored, // vertical flip
} UIImageOrientation;

Fine, it is commented, but, hmm, no so well. Could you tell me which direction is the UIImageOrientationUp?

The UP orientation

It’s not the orientation when you hold your iPhone in the normal mode. Make a guess!

OK, I know your guys are not so patient, so,

Here is the correct answer: this orientation is the UP!

The UP orientation when you take a photo on iPhone