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  • Recently while working on a project, I had to make an HTTP GET call with parameters to a different server from the backend side. There is not much data available online to guide on this issue. But after doing some search, I got to know about the HTTPBuilder library through which these actions can be performed. 

     

    To begin with, we need to first install the HTTPBuilder library. This itself became a task because i had some trouble in trying to install it. There are various modules available online but the one which worked for me is - 'org.codehaus.groovy.modules.http-builder:http-builder:0.7'. It is important to mention here that I am working with grails 2.2.4, Maybe different modules work for different versions.

     

    So, to install HTTPBuilder library, we need to update the BuildConfig.groovy file - 

        dependencies {
    		compile "org.codehaus.groovy.modules.http-builder:http-builder:0.7"
        }
            

    Now suppose, i want to make this call - 

        http://myApp.com/getData?param1=something&param2=something

    We can accomplish this from ther server side by writing this simple piece of code - 

          import groovyx.net.http.HTTPBuilder
    
          try{  
            def http = new HTTPBuilder('http://www.myApp.com')
    		http.get( path : '/getData', query : [param1:something,param2: something] )
    		{ resp ->
    			 jsonResp = resp.entity.content.text
                 println jsonResp
               }
           }
           catch(groovyx.net.http.HttpResponseException e){
                 println e.toString()
           }
            

    Please note how the query parameters are passed. The closure 'resp.entity.content.text' gives you the raw response. If the response is in the form of JSON then the closure directly gives you a map of it which can used directly.

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