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HTTP Requests

... Surprising!. HTTP Requests

We'll now move on to a crucial topic: HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) Requests.

What are HTTP Requests?

HTTP Requests are the foundation of web communication. They allow you to send and receive data between a web browser and a server.

Types of HTTP Requests

There are various types of HTTP requests, each with its specific purpose:

  • GET - Retrieves data from a server
  • POST - Sends data to a server to create or update a resource
  • PUT - Replaces an existing resource on a server
  • DELETE - Deletes a resource from a server

GET Requests

GET requests are used to retrieve data from a server. They are typically used to fetch resources (e.g., HTML pages, images) and send data as part of the URL.

POST Requests

POST requests are used to send data to a server. They are often used to submit form data, create new resources, or update existing ones.

HTTP Headers

HTTP headers provide additional information about the request or response. They can contain data such as the content type, encoding, and cookies.

Common HTTP Status Codes

HTTP status codes indicate the outcome of a request. Some common codes include:

  • 200 - OK
  • 400 - Bad Request
  • 404 - Not Found
  • 500 - Internal Server Error

XMLHttpRequest Object

The XMLHttpRequest object is a JavaScript API that allows you to make HTTP requests from a web browser.

Using XMLHttpRequest Object

To use the XMLHttpRequest object, you need to create an instance, specify the request type and URL, and send the request.

var xhr = new XMLHttpRequest();
xhr.open('GET', 'https://example.com');
xhr.send();

Making HTTP Requests with Fetch API

The Fetch API is a newer and more modern way to make HTTP requests in JavaScript. It provides a more concise and structured approach.

fetch('https://example.com')
.then(response => response.json())
.then(data => console.log(data));

HTTP Caching

HTTP caching allows browsers to store frequently accessed resources locally. This can improve performance and reduce server load.

HTTP Security

HTTP requests can be vulnerable to security threats such as cross-site scripting (XSS) and cross-site request forgery (CSRF). It's important to implement proper security measures.

Next Up: XMLHttpRequest Object

In the next session, we'll dive into the XMLHttpRequest object and learn how to make HTTP requests using it. Follow us to stay tuned!