Chapter 12. How the Browser Interacts with the Server

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Most of the time, a browser communicates with the Web server using the HTTP protocol. In some cases, the browser uses FTP and communicates with an FTP server, but overall HTTP carries the bulk of Web traffic. Most people wouldn't recognize the HTTP protocol if it bit them, and there's really nothing wrong with that. Even as a Java programmer, you don't need to know the specifics of HTTP because you have the URL and URLConnection classes to handle communications from the client side and servlets and JSP to handle the server side of things.

However, it's almost always ...

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