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Remote Pairing by Joe Kutner

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Tunneling Web Traffic Through a Proxy

Bill and Ted, our pairing partners from the previous section, need to do more than edit code. They also need to execute code and test it from an end-user’s perspective. High bandwidth solutions such as screen sharing simplfy this task, but a low bandwidth option exists if Bill and Ted are developing a web application. Bill can access a web server running on Ted’s machine as if it were running locally by using a Socket Secure (SOCKS) proxy. This kind of proxy routes web traffic through an SSH tunnel.

We’ll create a SOCKS proxy and configure it to use the tunnel we created earlier. Then we’ll reroute our web browser traffic through the proxy and gain access to a remote web server. This technique is particularly ...

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