Under the Covers with the Web

A class I taught walking through the basics of the HTTP protocol, URL formatting, cookies and caching, with tricks and tips that can be used by web developers.

Class Description

Learn how HTTP works to improve your web programming skills. In this class, you’ll learn:

  • How to increase the perceived performance of your web app
  • Why you can’t access session cookies from JavaScript
  • How caching works in browsers, plug-ins & proxy servers
  • How to stream content using server push and client pull headers
  • How to debug your web apps using telnet (and why you’d want to)
  • Plus other dark secrets of HTTP

The class was taught on on Thursday, October 6, 2011 as part of the Geek.class series for Meet the Geeks.

Slides

Further Reading

About URLs

About Web Protocols

How Web Browsers & Servers Work

Optimizing Your Web Site Performance

Random PHP Info

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