HTTP Request Methods and Structure

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What is the purpose of the URL field in a GET request?

To include user data in the request

What is the main difference between the PUT and POST methods?

POST is used for uploading new files, while PUT is used for replacing existing files

What is the purpose of the entity body in an HTTP request?

To include the data being sent to the server

What is the purpose of the HTTP headers in a request?

To specify metadata about the request

What is the purpose of the URL in an HTTP request?

To specify the destination URL of the request

What is the HTTP request type in the given example?

GET

What is the purpose of the 'Host' header in the given example?

To specify the domain name of the server

What is the request URI in the given example?

/fee/NewsDetails/142317/en

What is the version of the HTTP protocol used in the given example?

HTTP/1.1

What is the entity body in the given example?

There is no entity body in this request

What is the main purpose of the HEAD method in HTTP requests?

To request headers only that would be returned if the URL were requested with an HTTP GET method

What is typically included in the entity body of an HTTP request?

User input sent from the client

Which HTTP request method is used to request headers only?

HEAD

What is the purpose of the POST method in HTTP requests?

To send user input from the client to the server

What is the main difference between the HTTP GET and HEAD methods?

The amount of data requested

What is the entity body of an HTTP request typically composed of?

User input and metadata

Study Notes

HTTP Request Methods

  • PUT method: uploads a new file (object) to the server and completely replaces a file that already exists at the specified URL.
  • GET method: sends data to the server by including user data in the URL field of the HTTP request message, following a '?', e.g., www.somesite.com/animalsearch?monkeys&banana.

HTTP Request Message Structure

  • An HTTP request message consists of a start-line, header section, and message body.

Types of HTTP Requests

  • POST method:
    • Often includes a form with user input sent from the client to the server in the entity body of the HTTP request.
    • Used to upload a new file (object) to the server.
  • HEAD method: requests only the headers that would be returned if the specified URL were requested with an HTTP GET method.
  • GET method:
    • Can be used to request a specific resource from the server.
    • Example of a minimal GET request: GET /fee/NewsDetails/142317/en HTTP/1.1 with the Host header set to www.menofia.edu.eg.

This quiz covers the basics of HTTP request methods, including PUT and GET, as well as the structure of an HTTP request message.

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