Glossary

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HTTP

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is a standard method for computers to share information. HTTP is the communication protocol for the World Wide Web. With HTTP, devices use links to share hypermedia across web pages. HTTP is a doorway for clients to request resources from URLs hosted on servers. Web APIs use HTTP as the transfer protocol to request and receive data between applications. Applications can interact with HTTP in many different ways. These methods of interaction are called HTTP verbs. HTTP APIs use HTTP verbs to request, modify, delete, and replace resources. Common HTTP verbs include GET, DELETE, PUT, POST, and PATCH. Tim-Berners Lee is responsible for the creation of HTTP. Nowadays, HTTP is standardized by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which has progressed the specification to version 2 and 3.