Chapter 19. Accessing the Web

The Internet has changed our everyday lives in many ways, and it has changed the programming landscape completely. It is hardly imaginable today to develop any application that is not at least in some way related to the Internet. HTTP, the underlying protocol of the Internet, is a standard protocol for application interoperability and distributed application development.

The Internet provides a wealth of information and functionality available in different forms. Most of this information is structured with a human user in mind; a user who will access a website using a web browser. Sometimes, information is useful as is, and you will see how it is easy to incorporate such information into your applications using the ...

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