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Requests: A Painless HTTP Client for Python

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I’ve always thought that making HTTP requests in Python was a lot harder than it should’ve been. Alone, the confusion between urllib and urllib2 is enough to drive me a little crazy. On top of that, neither library has that API je ne sais quoi, the “just works” feeling.

I think I’m way behind, here, but just yesterday I came across Requests, a library by Kenneth Reitz. Here’s the first example from the documentation:

>>> r = requests.get('https://api.github.com', auth=('user', 'pass'))
>>> r.status_code
>>> r.headers['content-type']

This looks much better than what I’m used to. I think we’ll start using Requests when we need an HTTP client for Fiesta. Does anybody have any experience (good or bad) with it? Is there some other library we should be taking a look at as well, once we’ve committed to moving on from the stdlib?


source: http://blog.fiesta.cc/post/11139748502/requests-a-painless-http-client-for-python

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