from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A protocol used to request and transmit files, especially webpages and webpage components, over the Internet or other computer network.
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- Hypertext Transfer Protocol, the protocol used most commonly to transfer web pages and accompanying data over the Internet
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a protocol (utilizing TCP) to transfer hypertext requests and information between servers and browsers
Apple decided to pursue a different strategy, which it calls HTTP Live Streaming.
Well no HTTP is a web protcol its HTML [Hyper Text Markup Language] thats used for web sites.
HTTP is responsible for nearly 75 percent of the overall increase in Internet traf ﬁ c, but that category grew substantially more slowly than services such as streaming (particularly Flash video) and secure network news, which doubled.
HTTP is a protocol that lets me view web pages, but do I try to include * every* web page on one of my sites? no.
These allow easy aggregation of contents (data, records, documents) not only inside a repository but also across boundaries using the REST API for serving XML over a plain HTTP connection, in fact creating a loosely coupled network of repositories.
The cool thing which is becoming almost routine, is that it has a built-in HTTP server — and it works quite well.
A postscript — how different the situation would be if the iPhone had a full SDK, if you could run Mac OS apps on the device, or if it had a built-in HTTP server that would allow you to browse or configure it over wifi from a Mac or Windows machine.
I just bought a receiver that has a built-in HTTP server, so I can program the stereo over the Internet.
HTTP is a very well thought out standard and one which will power Web 2.0 just as it powered Web 1.0.
The fact that HTTP is stateless is important because the implementation of the transport layer between the local API and the remote API requires some kind of session tracking.
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