The Continually Evolving Hypertext Transfer Protocol
Brown, Jeremy P.
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The HTTP protocol is still very alive and evolving. As of this date (May 1997), the web still mostly runs over the HTTP 1.0 protocol, along with a few extensions. This has so far served us quite well, as it is quite a well thought out and extendible protocol. With more and more people working on the internet everyday though, we will soon eat up all the bandwidth there is left, until either the backbone has been upgraded to a faster link, or we find a more efficient utilization for the bandwidth. With the addition of the HTTP 1.1 protocol, many of our bandwidth needs are addressed, which will hopefully not require an extension of the backbone for a little while at least (as it is an incredibly expensive venture, and the costs will surely be handed down toward the consumer). It will only be a matter of time before popular clients and servers are implemented to use the HTTP 1.1 protocol, which is a good thing for everyone concerned. Also with the addition of other new internet technologies, the web will hold its place as the most useful (and most time-consuming) task on the internet.