A lightweight development web server for macOS/iOS/iPad OS #Apple #Development @Iconfactory
Craig Hockenberry decided to write their own web server app. The Swifter project for is used handling the socket connections and file transfers. While not as capable as a production quality server like Vapor, it was perfect for the simple and lightweight solution needed.
The focus for this new app was to not be a production web server. These features are great for development and not something you’d want on a real server:
No caching — Every request gets a new response, no cache busters needed
Easy to configure — Pick a folder and go, recent folders let you switch sites instantly
Directory listings — A handy list of files whenever you hit a URL that doesn’t exist
Bonjour support — Automatic DNS for easy access using devices on your local network
REST friendly — Set default responses as JSON or XML for easy mocking of APIs
No dependencies — Completely standalone, no need for other tools like Python or Ruby
Simplified logging — Track requests & responses in Terminal with an easy-to-read format
Built-in security — Runs completely in a sandbox, no access to data unless you allow it
Powerful and lightweight — A small memory footprint with minimal CPU overhead
No rocket science — Perfect for people who are less technically inclined
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