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HTTP: The Definitive Guide (Definitive Guide)by David Gourley
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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 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.
This guide gives a complete and detailed description of the HTTP protocol and how it shapes the landscape of the Web by the technologies that it supports.
Web technology has become the foundation for all sorts of critical networked applications and far-reaching methods of data exchange, and beneath it all is a fundamental protocol: HyperText Transfer Protocol, or HTTP. "HTTP: The Definitive Guide documents everything that technical people need for using HTTP efficiently-including the "black arts" and "tricks of the trade"-and does so in a clear and readable manner. Written by experts with years of practical and teaching experience, this book is the definitive technical bible on HTTP and related core web technologies because it clearly explains the "why" as well as the "how." A reader can understand how web applications work, how the core Internet protocols and architectural building blocks interact, and how to correctly implement Internet clients and servers. It's an essential toolkit that no technically-inclined member of the Internet community should be without.
About 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.
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 Colophon
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