HTTP Pocket Reference: Hypertext Transfer Protocol Paperback – Jun 16 2000
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For such a thin book, it manages to cram technical facts, dumps of HTTP transactions, many diagrams and tables . -- Apache Week
For those that want to understand what goes on underneath the hood, this book is an excellent reference. -- Doug Larson, San Diego Mac Users Group, August 2001
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All web programmers, administrators, and application developers need to be familiar with HTTP in order to work effectively. The HTTP Pocket Reference provides a solid conceptual foundation of HTTP, and also serves as a quick reference to each of the headers and status codes that compose an HTTP transaction. For those who need to get "beyond the browser," this book is the place to start.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
What is HTTP? -- HTTP Transactions -- Client Methods -- Server Response Codes -- Headers -- URL Encoding -- Client and Server Identification -- Referring Documents -- Retrieving Content -- Media Types -- Cookies -- Authorization -- Persistent Connections -- Client Caching
This is a SMALL book. "HTTP Pamphlet" would be a better description. As a "Pocket Reference", trust me, it will definitely fit in your pocket. However, the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) probably doesn't need more than the 75 pages it is given (after all, it is a pocket reference).
I'm not sure the (price) cover price is right. There are best selling noves 5 times this size that only cost (price). However, technical books, especially computer/programming/networking ones always seem to cost more.
The O'Reilly pocket references are so concise that they are not really meant for someone who is totally new to the subject. They can however be the ideal way to provide an overview to anyone who wants to know the basics of the topic.
The HTTP specification is relatively small and simple. This book covers it all. I was able to complete it in two hours. It was refreshing to have such a brief and concise reference available. This book certainly did not fall into the trap of elaborating to the point of irrelevance. I fully recommend this book.
The book could use an explanation of HTTP proxies and gateways and a list of common user-agents. But any more and it would be too long.
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The praise of other reviewers is well met. Overall, this is a very good book and every CGI programmer and anyone else doing Internet programming should buy it. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2001
I bought two books on HTTP. This one and a very forgetable doorstop of a book. This was by far my favorite. It is only about 70 pages or so, but contains everything I need. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2001 by C. Young
This book is what a POCKET REFERENCE ought to be: It gives an appropriate explanation of the material AND it presents elements of the topic in an easy-to-find and organized... Read morePublished on June 5 2001 by Thomas Lunsford
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