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ISBN-13: 978-0672324543 ISBN-10: 0672324547 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (March 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672324547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672324543
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

HTTP is the protocol that powers the Web. As Web applications become more sophisticated, and as emerging technologies continue to rely heavily on HTTP, understanding this protocol is becoming more and more essential for professional Web developers. By learning HTTP protocol, Web developers gain a deeper understanding of the Web's architecture and can create even better Web applications that are more reliable, faster, and more secure.

The HTTP Developer's Handbook is written specifically for Web developers. It begins by introducing the protocol and explaining it in a straightforward manner. It then illustrates how to leverage this information to improve applications. Extensive information and examples are given covering a wide variety of issues, such as state and session management, caching, SSL, software architecture, and application security.

About the Author

Chris Shiflett is a Web developer with nearly a decade of experience creating applications in a variety of languages such as C, Perl, PHP, and ColdFusion. He is a frequent contributor to the open source community, and can often be found answering questions on various mailing lists. He has authored several open source projects and is also a member of the PHP development team.


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Williams on February 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
To say that understanding HTTP is crucial for web development might seem like saying water is wet, yet many people don't take the time to fully understand the protocol. This book could be a good help. HTTP Developer's Handbook from SAMS gives you a great deal of information about the protocol in a clearly understood fashion.
One of the strangest feelings I've ever had reading a book is that I have a better opinion of it than does the author. Shiflett spends most of the introduction convincing the reader that this is a useful book and it seems that the start of most chapters is another few sentences telling me why the chapter is incredibly useful for me to read. I felt like yelling "I'm convinced, I'm convinced."
The book is broken up into 6 parts: `Introducing HTTP,' `HTTP Definition,' `Maintaining State,' `Performance,' `Security,' and `Evolution of HTTP.'
The first section and a large part of the introduction are the sort of information that is covered elsewhere in just as good a detail: it basically covers the obvious. The second section covers the HTTP protocol itself, with a good discussion of requests and responses, including all the nitty gritty details of the headers in some detail. This is the really useful heart of the book and it covers 80 of the 280 pages. The third, fourth and fifth sections give a too-concise look at their subject matter, I felt the book could have given much more detail here. The last section is a waste of space; in this volume I don't really need to have a small amount of information about SOAP and XML-RPC.
This book is well-written; I believe its two fatal flaws are that Shiflett seems unsure of his own book and that the book itself tries to offer everything for a developer while explaining it all for the newcomer.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jose Castillo on September 12, 2003
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I have been looking for a book that really details maintaining state and session management, and this book is it. Really helped me to understand this subject. Covers different methods of maintaining state instead of just the authors favorite. The explaination of cookies in this section is really good. Several example implementations are included. Also includes and excellent explanation of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and how it works. This book really helped me to deepen my understanding of HTTP.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Ringer on September 27, 2009
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I bought the "HTTP Developer's Handbook" and read it in about 2 days. I just didn't see a lot of developer information in the book. Then I bought "HTTP: The Definitive Guide" for less money and realized it has lots more information in it. Sorry Chris Shiflett, as much as I liked your PHP security book, your HTTP book needs an upgrade.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2004
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This book is an excellent description of HTTP headers. While web surfers don't need to know what messages are being sent by whom and to whom, developers do. The author describes things clearly, in detail, with examples. He even draws pictures when necessary. At the end of this book, you have a solid understanding of how the Web works and the HTTP conversations that take place.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By john on June 11, 2003
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Book is definately for developers who fly in and out of a book looking for quick answers and examples. It modular and easy to follow. Plenty of explanation. Chapters are short and to point.
Plenty of examples are given, mostly in PHP. Info flow diagrams helped me to follow and reinforce points.
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