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The Illustrated Network by Walter Goralski

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CHAPTER 22 Hypertext Transfer Protocol

What You Will Learn

In this chapter, you will learn about the HTTP protocol used on the Web, including the major message types and HTTP methods. We’ll also discuss the status codes and headers used in HTTP.

You will learn how URLs are structured and how to decipher them. We’ll also take a brief look at the use of cookies and how they apply to the Web.

After email, the World Wide Web is probably the most common TCP/IP application general users are familiar with. In fact, many users access their email through their Web browser, which is a tribute to the versatility of the protocols used to make the Web such a vital part of the Internet experience.

There is no need to repeat the history of the Web and browser, ...

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