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Pro Windows PowerShell by Hristo Deshev

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Chapter 17. PowerShell and the World Wide Web

"The Internet" is a loose term and can mean many things to different people. Some of those meanings, in no particular order, can be the World Wide Web, e-mail, file transfers, and P2P transfers like Bit Torrent, instant messaging, and so on. Most of what we know as the Internet today is built on top of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP for short, which is a request/response protocol that exchanges data between a client and a server. While originally designed to publish and retrieve web pages, it is now used to do a lot more, including transporting all sorts of media, news feeds, and even serving as a medium to exchange messages between programs running on different servers.

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