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Chapter 1. Introduction

Table of Contents

Feature list
How to use neon from your application
Standards compliance
RFC 2518, HTTP Extensions for Distributed Authoring—WebDAV
RFC 2616, Hypertext Transfer Protocol—HTTP/1.1
RFC 2617, HTTP Authentication: Basic and Digest Access Authentication
Namespaces in XML
HTTP Client Security
CPU or memory consumption attacks
SSL/TLS connection security
Control character insertion in error messages
Attacks against authentication credentials

This chapter provides an introduction to neon, giving an overview of the range of features offered, and some general guidelines for using the neon API.

neon aims to provide a modern, flexible, and simple API in the C programming language for implementing HTTP and WebDAV support. The WebDAV functionality is entirely separate from the basic HTTP functionality; neon can be used simply as an HTTP client library, ignoring the WebDAV support if desired.