I'm working on a PHP Client for CouchDB. While browsing through the php.net documentation regarding HTTP and cURL, I came across the PECL_HTTP Extension. At first glance, I think I would like to use this PECL extension instead of cURL because it's much simpler to use, and I'm not doing very complicated HTTP work anyways. Plus I always like trying new things, so I wouldn't mind getting my feet wet.
As far as my question to the StackOverflow community:
- Has anyone used both the PECL_HTTP and cURL extensions?
- Does the PECL extension have any serious performance issues?
- Is the PECL extension as user-friendly as it appears on the surface?
- Is the tried-and-true cURL library still superior?
Edit: As it turns out, the PECL_HTTP extension uses some of the cURL source code under the hood, so they aren't completely different beasts. Both are also compiled extensions to PHP.
The PECL_HTTP extension has proven much simpler to use, almost cutting my code in half in some places. :)
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