New Palm.net Proxy Server Starting Monday
Palm is planning to roll out a new version of its Palm.Net proxy server on Monday. Version 3 has been in beta since October and after this change will be the software running on the primary server. According to a message sent to Web-Clipping developers on the pqa-dev mailing list, the new version has some new proxy capabilities.
Earlier this week, Palm temporary CEO Eric Benhamou said that his company would be releasing its much delayed new wireless device within two months. Its possible that this new version of the proxy server has functions built into it to support the new capabilities of this device, but Palm hasn't said anything about that.
Recently, a rumor circulated that Palm was cancelling the Palm.Net service. This announcement makes that rumor seem extremely unlikely.
The Palm.Net proxy server is used by Web Clipping applications to get the information they display. Web Clipping apps don't directly contact websites. They contact the proxy server which then gets the information the app requests and returns it to the Palm running the Web Clipping app.
The complete text of the message, which came from Kathy Ly at Palm, is as follows:
This is a message to let all web clipping developers know that a new version of the proxy server has already been rolled onto Content-dev2.palm.net (IP address: 22.214.171.124) over the holidays. This version is an update from the beta version of the proxy server that was previously rolled out in October. This new version of the proxy server will have a version number of 3.0.
Please start testing your applications NOW against this proxy server, because VERSION 3.0 OF THE PROXY SERVER WILL BE ROLLED OUT ONTO THE PRODUCTION SERVERS ON JANUARY 7, 2002. Please report any problems to http://www.palmos.com/dev/bugs.
On developers' part, please adjust your HTTP header, USER AGENT string, to search for "Mozilla/2.0(compatible; Elaine/" WITHOUT the version number. The former version number was 2.0 and the new version number will be 3.0, but please do not hardcode this number because it may well change again in the future. There are a number of other ways to check that the request is coming from a Palm device, including checking the IP address is the coming from Palm specific IPs. Additional information regarding this topic has those posted here and on the PQA Developers Forum and is currently on the palmos.com website.
Web clipper will also get some new features, including refresh-based redirection, and more lenient HTTP header parsing.
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