Three Ways to Retrieve JSON from the Web using Node.js

Isa Levine on August 16, 2019

Cover image credit: Hunter x Hunter manga by Yoshihiro Togashi, meme-ified by yours truly. <3 In a recent technical challenge, I was asked to b... [Read Full]
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Hey Isa - nice article! I think you picked the three ways I'd recommend for using an http client in Node.

A thought about the benchmarking of the the Node built in http lib: have you tried building a different data structure than a string - some sort of byte buffer - and then turning it into a string at the end. I'm not sure but I think it might be (I'm away from my computer so I can't try it myself).

 

Hi David, thank you for the feedback! I'm looking into byte buffers (am I seeing this is originally a Java data structure?) for JavaScript, and I'm falling down a rabbit-hole about ArrayBuffers, Uint8Arrays, etc. I found my way over to the npm package bytebuffer (npmjs.com/package/bytebuffer), which looks like it provides a friendly API for using those structures.

I'm running up against a challenge of understanding how best to theoretically write to a byte buffer with incoming http request data--from this list of byte-buffer-writing options (github.com/protobufjs/bytebuffer.j...), do you have any advice on where I should be looking? I'm not sure which option will be more efficient than simply coercing the incoming data into a string.

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