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Integrating Web Services with OAuth and PHP by Matthew Frost

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HTTP Basics

It’s no secret the Internet is everywhere; it powers a large amount of the software we use every single day. An explosion of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) has significantly increased the number of different services that can be integrated into a single piece of software. In spite of these obvious observations, one thing has remained constant: HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) is the backbone of the Internet. Since the days when browsers were rendering sparkly star backgrounds underneath a myriad of randomly placed images, HTTP has been the protocol responsible for serving up (thankfully, not creating) these web pages.

In order to build applications which are responsive and useful for the end user, it’s important to understand ...

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