HTTP: The Definitive Guide

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Behind every web transaction lies the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) —- the language of web browsers and servers, of portals and search engines, of e-commerce and web services. Understanding HTTP is essential for practically all web-based programming, design, analysis, and administration.While the basics of HTTP are elegantly simple, the protocol's advanced features are notoriously confusing, because they knit together complex technologies and terminology from many disciplines. This book clearly explains HTTP...

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Overview

Behind every web transaction lies the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) —- the language of web browsers and servers, of portals and search engines, of e-commerce and web services. Understanding HTTP is essential for practically all web-based programming, design, analysis, and administration.While the basics of HTTP are elegantly simple, the protocol's advanced features are notoriously confusing, because they knit together complex technologies and terminology from many disciplines. This book clearly explains HTTP and these interrelated core technologies, in twenty-one logically organized chapters, backed up by hundreds of detailed illustrations and examples, and convenient reference appendices. HTTP: The Definitive Guide explains everything people need to use HTTP efficiently — including the "black arts" and "tricks of the trade" — in a concise and readable manner.In addition to explaining the basic HTTP features, syntax and guidelines, this book clarifies related, but often misunderstood topics, such as: TCP connection management, web proxy and cache architectures, web robots and robots.txt files, Basic and Digest authentication, secure HTTP transactions, entity body processing, internationalized content, and traffic redirection.Many technical professionals will benefit from this book. Internet architects and developers who need to design and develop software, IT professionals who need to understand Internet architectural components and interactions, multimedia designers who need to publish and host multimedia, performance engineers who need to optimize web performance, technical marketing professionals who need a clear picture of core web architectures and protocols, as well as untold numbers of students and hobbyists will all benefit from the knowledge packed in this volume.There are many books that explain how to use the Web, but this is the one that explains how the Web works. Written by experts with years of design and implementation experience, this book is the definitive technical bible that describes the "why" and the "how" of HTTP and web core technologies. HTTP: The Definitive Guide is an essential reference that no technically-inclined member of the Internet community should be without.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565925090
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: Definitive Guides Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 658
  • Sales rank: 766,779
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

is the Chief Technology Officer of Endeca, where he leads the research and development of Endeca's knowledge navigation products. Prior to working at Endeca, David designed and developed core components of Inktomi's Internet-scale search database and was a senior developer of Inktomi's web caching products. David earned a B.A.in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

was a member of Inktomi Corporation's founding engineering team, and served as Inktomi's Vice President of R&D where he co-developed Inktomi's search engine database, and led the development of Inktomi's web caching and streaming media technologies. Formerly, he was a scientist at Silicon Graphics and at Apple Computer's Advanced Technology Group. Brian Totty has received several awards for research and teaching excellence, and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. in Computer Science from M.I.T.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part I: HTTP: The Web's Foundation

Chapter 1: Overview of HTTP

Chapter 2: URLs and Resources

Chapter 3: HTTP Messages

Chapter 4: Connection Management

Part II: HTTP Architecture

Chapter 5: Web Servers

Chapter 6: Proxies

Chapter 7: Caching

Chapter 8: Integration Points: Gateways, Tunnels, and Relays

Chapter 9: Web Robots

Chapter 10: HTTP-NG

Part III: Identification, Authorization, and Security

Chapter 11: Client Identification and Cookies

Chapter 12: Basic Authentication

Chapter 13: Digest Authentication

Chapter 14: Secure HTTP

Part IV: Entities, Encodings, and Internationalization

Chapter 15: Entities and Encodings

Chapter 16: Internationalization

Chapter 17: Content Negotiation and Transcoding

Part V: Content Publishing and Distribution

Chapter 18: Web Hosting

Chapter 19: Publishing Systems

Chapter 20: Redirection and Load Balancing

Chapter 21: Logging and Usage Tracking

Part VI: Appendixes

Appendix A: URI Schemes

Appendix B: HTTP Status Codes

Appendix C: HTTP Header Reference

Appendix D: MIME Types

Appendix E: Base-64 Encoding

Appendix F: Digest Authentication

Appendix G: Language Tags

Appendix H: MIME Charset Registry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2003

    comprehensive and well written

    HTTP: the Definitive Guide is a comprehensive view of the plumbing of the web. There are enough gory details to satisfy the hungriest of developers (it's becoming a standard reference where I work), but where the book really shines is in how it presents a coherent overview of all the elements of modern web infrastructure and how they fit together. The book is very well written in that each chapter is independently accessible on an as-needed basis, yet hangs together as a coherent whole as well. For example, I needed to get a quick (re)-education on redirection; I was able to get what I needed from that chapter quickly and easily, with the pros and cons of various approaches laid out in an easy to grasp manner. The material on caching is also particularly meaty (unsurprising given the author's backgrounds). Managers, executives and IT professionals who need to become fully "buzzword compliant" will also find this book surprisingly accessible and informative.

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