7Implementing HTTP Services in Node.js

One of the most important aspects of Node.js is the ability to quickly implement HTTP and HTTPS servers and services. Node.js provides the http and https modules out of the box, and they provide the basic framework to do most everything you need from an HTTP and HTTPS standpoint. In fact, it is not difficult to implement a full webserver using just the http module.

That said, you will likely use a different module, such as express, to implement a full-on webserver. This is because the http module is pretty low level. It doesn’t provide calls to handle routing, cookies, caching, and so on. When you get to the Express chapters later in this book, you will see the advantages it provides.

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