Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)

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An Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is a communication protocol for distributed, collaborative, hypermedia information systems.



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    • HTTP, gRPC, and WebSockets are all network protocols used for communication between computer systems, but they have different characteristics and use cases. Here is a brief overview of each protocol:
      • HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol): HTTP is a request-response protocol used for transmitting data over the internet. It is the foundation of the World Wide Web and is used for transmitting data between web servers and web browsers. HTTP is a stateless protocol, which means that each request/response cycle is independent of the others, and it uses TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) as its transport layer protocol.
      • gRPC: gRPC is a modern open-source framework developed by Google for building high-performance, language-agnostic microservices. It is based on the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) paradigm, which allows applications to call functions or procedures on remote servers as if they were local functions. gRPC uses the Protocol Buffers data format and supports multiple transport protocols, including HTTP/2, allowing for fast and efficient communication between systems.
      • WebSockets: WebSockets is a protocol that provides full-duplex communication channels over a single TCP connection. It is used for real-time communication between web browsers and web servers, allowing for interactive applications such as online games or chat systems. WebSockets allow for bi-directional communication, which means that data can be sent and received in both directions simultaneously, making it a more efficient way to handle real-time data.
    • Overall, each of these protocols has its own strengths and weaknesses and is suited for different types of applications. HTTP is used for traditional client-server web applications, while gRPC is used for high-performance microservices, and WebSockets is used for real-time communication. Understanding the differences between these protocols can help developers choose the best option for their specific use case.



  • http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/HTTP
    • Hypertext Transfer Protocol, the protocol used most commonly to transfer web pages and accompanying data over the Internet
  • WordNet.
    • S: (n) hypertext transfer protocol, HTTP (a protocol (utilizing TCP) to transfer hypertext requests and information between servers and browsers)