You are previewing Land of Lisp.

Land of Lisp

Cover of Land of Lisp by Conrad Barski M.D. Published by No Starch Press

Writing a Web Server from Scratch

Now that you have a basic understanding of sockets (covered in Chapter 12) and error handling, you know enough to make a web server that can serve dynamic web pages written in Lisp. After all, why should Apache (the world’s most popular web server) have all the fun?

How a Web Server Works

Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, is the Internet protocol used for transferring web pages. It adds a layer on top of TCP/IP for requesting pages once a socket connection has been established. When a program running on a client computer (usually a web browser) sends a properly encoded request, the server will retrieve the requested page and send it over the socket stream in response.


This web server is adapted from http.lisp ...

The best content for your career. Discover unlimited learning on demand for around $1/day.