Simon Fell > Its just code > no User-Agent for you!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Yes, gasp, an actual web services blog post!. Anyway one of the sforcer's noticed that Indigo WCF client's don't send a HTTP User-Agent header (WS-UserAgent here we come). Apparently that's the way its going to stay, from our point of view a rather unfortunate decision we track our web services usage by user agent to help us understand what tools our customers are using to access our web services, so that we can provide samples, quick starts etc for those tools. I've heard it argued that this is for security reasons, which I could understand if tools like IE didn't send a highly detailed (down to IE patches installed) user agent. I live in hope that someone will see sense and this changes before GA, but I'm not holding my breath.