If only :)
For the foreseeable future, the format for the request is a pipe delimited string delivered over a socket connection. I've advocated converting to a GET or JSON format but too many legacy client programs are tied to the pipe-delimited string. That is not likely to change before I retire...
One irony is I already wrote a fast-cgi running inside Apache. It takes a GET request, processes it and then returns a JSON formatted response.
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