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  • Alex Rousskov
    -- FYI. No apologies to cross-subscribers for cross-posting. Alex. ... Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 12:33:52 -0600 (MDT) From: Alex Rousskov
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 16, 2003
      -- FYI. No apologies to cross-subscribers for cross-posting. Alex.

      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 12:33:52 -0600 (MDT)
      From: Alex Rousskov <rousskov@...>
      To: ietf-http-wg@...
      Subject: compliant proxies found, at last

      I would like to share a piece of good news with folks who care about
      HTTP: Two HTTP proxies, an open-source RabbIT[1] and a commercial
      implementation from Datapower[2], have recently managed to pass all
      applicable RFC 2616 MUSTs that we could test. These are the first
      compliant HTTP intermediaries we know of.

      IIRC, it took both teams almost a year to fix all violations. If you
      look at RabbIT and Datapower product descriptions, you will see that
      these are real, full-featured content-aware proxies, not just some L4
      tunnels that do not care about HTTP. From what I heard, a couple of
      core design alternations were required to pass some of the tough test
      cases. Now we have a living proof that it is possible to be
      feature-reach and HTTP/1.1 compliant!

      Disclaimer: I do realize that passing all Co-Advisor test cases
      does not imply or guarantee formal compliance, even on conditional
      level. I am sure that there are still bugs to be fixed. No
      testing can guarantee a bug-free implementation. We can never
      prove compliance by testing. When I say "compliant", I mean
      "passes all applicable MUST-level test cases". Call it a marketing
      trick/spin if you wish.

      I applaud Patrick McManus (Datapower), Robert Olofsson (RabbIT), and
      their development/QA teams on having the dedication and skills
      required to support all relevant HTTP/1.1 MUSTs. I believe that their
      success is significant, regardless of the marketing spin.

      I hope you do not perceive this message as an ad for our test suite. I
      tried hard to simply share the good news and praise the good guys :-).

      Thank you,


      [1] http://www.khelekore.org/rabbit/
      [2] http://www.datapower.com/
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