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Head First Servlets and JSP, 2nd Edition by Bert Bates, Bryan Basham, Kathy Sierra

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Anatomy of an HTTP POST request

HTTP POST requests are designed to be used by the browser to make complex requests on the server. For instance, if a user has just completed a long form, the application might want all of the form’s data to be added to a database. The data to be sent back to the server is known as the “message body” or “payload” and can be quite large.

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