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Re: About receiving data

From: Alan Wolfe <>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2008 02:46:49 -0700

I dont think this is particularly NEEDED but for what its worth im a
windows developer, using different versions of MSVC at home and at
work, on my laptop etc and use libcurl in my projects without a

It is extremely easy to drop into a project and to use.

not sure what the origional person of this thread is having an issue
with but i see time and time again, there's 2 kinds of people...

1) those who hit problems and give up, blame the compiler, the
library, anything else they can
2) those who look for - and then find - solutions.

libcurl isn't that hard, and you are no one to judge it Prasad, it
works great but you may have to read a README file to understand what
it's doing, sorry it isn't psychic and doesnt do the work for you :P

On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 1:44 AM, Gary Maxwell <> wrote:
> > Prasad J Pandit wrote:
> >
> > On Wed, 2 Apr 2008, Dan Fandrich wrote:
> > > Which one of the 326 files did you download? Sounds like you should
> > have
> > > used the Download Wizard:
> >
> > Ah, forgot to mention that; I used that as well, but didn't help.
> The
> > library it suggested was some *mingw32* and that didn't work. Some
> linking
> > error, as I remember.
> >
> > > It's a sophisticated, highly-configurable library of over 70,000
> lines
> > > of code with 16 library dependencies on its own. It's not
> helloworld.c
> >
> > Gawd's that only if it works and is *usable*.
> >
> > > Which pages do you suggest dropping? The FAQ entry that shows how
> to
> > > solve your import problem? The download wizard that would have led
> you
> > to
> > > the libcurl development library you wanted? The information on
> using
> > > libcurl? All that information needs to be accessible to people
> > somewhere
> > > or else the mailing list will be inundanted with simple questions
> > > and potential users will give up and find another package.
> >
> > Well again, if it works, you wouldn't need any of it.
> >
> > > Having said all that, I agree that the web site is somewhat
> inconsistent
> > > and navigation could be improved. But it's a community-driven
> project;
> > > unless someone steps up to the plate to make it better, it won't.
> >
> > Yeah, I understand!
> >
> Clearly, you were looking for a rather simple library that was easy to
> find and install, with a rich web portal and support staff to answer all
> your questions (and perhaps use Remote Desktop to resolve your issues
> for you). As a libcurl user, I'm sorry you had difficulties. That being
> said, libcurl never advertises itself as being simple or easy.
> You certainly raised valid (and already known) deficiencies regarding
> the web site, the lack of Windows installers, the complex dependencies
> on other libraries, etc. (albeit in a rather mean-spirited manner). The
> curl developers would rather implement additional features and fix bugs
> in the actual package itself, rather than expend effort on fancy
> installers and professionally-designed web sites that are helpful to
> would-be programmers.
> Experienced open source users expect problems when configuring,
> installing, and using packages such as libcurl. They try to solve
> problems through the standard means (FAQ, documentation, mailing list
> archives, and *gasp* source code) before posting to the mailing list.
> They use civilized language, too.
> Thank you for your feedback, and I hope you are able to find what you
> are looking for somewhere else (although I doubt it will be free).
> -Gary
Received on 2008-04-03