The Web

Here we are again, back to the dumb client. Our web browsers have served as the passive client for years. The model is frighteningly similar to the terminal solution of the '70s; a dumb client capable of taking input and rendering whatever comes across the network, and a rich server doing all the work.

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is what makes up the Web. It surfaced for the first time in 1991 and basically describes a protocol for making a request to a server and the server sending a response back. The protocol is stateless and you will need to keep the state either on the server or the client. Within the protocol there are well-defined verbs that can be used, such as POST, GET, PUT, DELETE, and many more. These verbs let us describe ...

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