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Pro Node.js for Developers by Colin J. Ihrig

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CHAPTER 11

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HTTP

The Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, drives the Web. HTTP is a stateless, text-based protocol that works on top of TCP. An encrypted version of HTTP, named HTTP Secure, or HTTPS, is also commonly used when dealing with sensitive data. HTTP is a request-response protocol that is implemented using the client-server programming model discussed in Chapter 10. Traditionally, a browser is used as the client in an HTTP transaction, but you’ll see that this is not always the case. When a browser navigates to a given URL, an HTTP request is made to the server that hosts the URL. As you learned in Chapter 10, this request is normally ...

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