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HTTP client libraries are useful when a web application or service needs to communicate with other web services or access data over the internet. This is a common need in modern web development, especially as more and more functionality is being moved to the client-side and to microservices architecture.
Many common tasks require making HTTP requests, including API calls, file downloads, or interacting with remote databases. While it is possible to write this code from scratch, an HTTP client library can simplify these tasks, by making it easier to create, send and process the HTTP requests and responses.
While the specific features can vary between different libraries, most HTTP client libraries share a core set of functionalities.
Automatic transformation of JSON data: This means that the library will automatically convert data to/from JSON format, as this is a common requirement when using HTTP APIs.
Response handling: The libraries often provide ways to handle responses from the server, including converting them into a more convenient format, parsing headers, or handling different status codes.
Error handling: HTTP client libraries often include built-in error handling, allowing the programmer to gracefully handle various types of HTTP errors, timeouts, or network issues.
Promise support: Given the asynchronous nature of web requests, many libraries include support for promises, allowing them to be used with async/await syntax.
Configurable retries: In case of temporary network issues, many libraries offer automatic retries of failed requests.
Interceptors: Some advanced libraries offer interceptors which allow you to manipulate requests and responses before they are sent or after they are received. This can be useful for adding authentication, logging, or other cross-cutting concerns.
Mismatch Between Server and Client: One of the most common pitfalls when using HTTP client libraries is a mismatch between what the server sends and what the client expects. For example, a server might send data in a format that the client doesn't understand, or it might expect data in a different format than what the client sends.
Asynchronous Errors: When dealing with asynchronous requests, errors can sometimes be tricky to handle. It's important to understand how promises and async/await work, and to set up appropriate error handling.
Configuration Complexity: Some HTTP client libraries can become quite complex, particularly when you start dealing with advanced features like interceptors, retries, timeouts and more. It's important to keep your configuration as simple and understandable as possible, and to use the most appropriate tool for the job.
Dependence on HTTP-only Libraries: Take into account that some libraries are specifically built to work only with HTTP protocol. Consider whether your application might need to work with other protocols in the future, like HTTPS, HTTP2 or WebSockets.
Large Bundle Size: When developing for front-end, always be aware of the bundle size of the library. Some libraries might be very feature-rich, but if you only use a few of them, the rest will only bloat your application's size unnecessarily. Always strive to keep your applications as lightweight as possible.