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Chapter 17. HTTP

The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is the language web clients and servers use to communicate with each other. It is essentially the backbone of the World Wide Web. While HTTP is largely the realm of server and client programming, a firm understanding of HTTP is also important for CGI programming. In addition, sometimes HTTP filters back to the users—for example, when server error codes are reported in a browser window.

This chapter covers all the basics of HTTP. For absolutely complete coverage of HTTP and all its surrounding technologies, see HTTP: The Definitive Guide by David Gourley and Brian Totty, with Marjorie Sayer, Sailu Reddy, and Anshu Aggarwal (O'Reilly).


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