Thanks for the explanation... makes sense now. I just wasted my time - converting to ASCII and encoding :(

I think the hardest part (for me) working with web services is translating their online documentation into what I actually need to do (with the tools that I have).

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From: RPG400-L [mailto:rpg400-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Charles Wilt
Sent: Monday, June 03, 2019 4:57 PM
To: RPG programming on IBM i <rpg400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: HTTPAPI question

Yes, it's part of the HTTP standard...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_access_authentication

And good thing, as doing it yourself means you'd need to convert from EBCDIC to ASCII before doing the encoding...

Charles

On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 2:45 PM Greg Wilburn < gwilburn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

This is less RPG-related, and more HTTP-related (I am not a web
programmer).

I'm working with a new API (as a consumer). Their documentation
states that the Authorization part of the header should be:

Authorization Basic MTIzNDU6YWJjZGU=

The characters after basic represent "The application ID and shared
secret must be concatenated using a colon then RFC2045-MIME (base-64) encoded."
(in this case 12345:abcde)

So I did the concatenation and base64_encode in my program BEFORE
using the HTTP_SETAUTH procedure of HTTPAPI. After reviewing the
debug.txt file, I could clearly see that HTTP_SETAUTH does that for me
(I was basically encoding the "user" and "password" only to have
HTTP_SETAUTH do it again)

This code works just fine:
rc = http_setauth(HTTP_AUTH_BASIC : applicationID : sharedSecret);

I would just like to understand how http_setauth "knows" to encode these.
Is that an HTTP/HTTPS standard?


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