Chapter 5. HTTP Requests

In the next few chapters, we will examine the HTTP definition in great detail. These chapters merge the relevant formal definitions related to HTTP with the real-world implementations. The purpose of this part of the book (Chapters 5-10) is to serve as an indispensable guide for Web developers interacting with the HTTP protocol directly as well as those interacting with the software that implements HTTP. The focus, therefore, is on the information as it pertains to Web development.

Although I present these topics in order of relevance, the organizational style is more like a reference than a tutorial. Keep this in mind as you plan your approach. Rather than skimming this part, however, your time will be well served by ...

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