[Tutor] Making http posts

Stephen Nelson-Smith sanelson at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 11:06:47 CET 2009


I want to make an HTTP POST which will require authentication.

This is because we are using a web tool without an API, and we want a
programatic way of getting content into the tool.  Tech support of the
web tool have said we can just make a POST to the http endpoint.

>From the below source, it looks like I just post some text to
/project/4254/stories, with the ID of addStoryForm.

Is the best way to do this just a simple urllib script?

What's the best way to find out from the browser exactly what is being
posted when I use the web interface?  Tcpdump?  Or is the a better


<a id="addStoryHandle" class="handle" href="#" onclick="return false"></a>
<div id="addStoryShade" class="shade">
	<div class="shadeHeader">
		<span id="actionHideAddStories">&laquo; Add Story</span>
	<form id="addStoryForm" method="post" action="/project/4254/stories">
		<input type="hidden" name="hangImmediately" value="false"/>

		<input type="hidden" name="returnView" value="card"/>
		<div class="shadeSection">
			Text <span class="help">(1,024 characters max)</span>
			<textarea name="text" id="addStoryText" class="required"
		<div class="shadeSection">
			Details <span class="help">(optional, supports <a

			<textarea name="details" id="addStoryDetails"></textarea>
		<div class="shadeSection">
			Size <span class="help">(optional, 16 characters max)</span>
			<input type="text" name="size" maxlength="16"/>
		<div class="shadeSection">

			Tags <span class="help">(separate by commas)</span>
			<input type="text" name="tags"/>
		<div class="shadeSection">
			<button id="addStoryToBacklog" type="button">
				<img src="/content/images/icons/add.png"/>
				Add to Backlog

			<button id="addStoryToBoard" type="button">
				<img src="/content/images/icons/pin.png"/>
				Hang on Board

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