Gotta Wear Shades: The Bright Future of HTTP

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) version 1.1 was published in June of 1999. Almost fifteen years have passed. In that time, the Web has seen many changes, but it would seem that, throughout this time, HTTP has remained fixed, stagnant. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth.

HTTP is evolving, like languages, through common usage and need. In this talk, Ben Ramsey discusses the past fifteen years of HTTP and how it has changed through the introduction of new methods and headers. He covers the current state of the protocol and the new HTTPbis Working Group that is drafting new RFCs to clarify HTTP. Finally, the talk will take a look at proposals for HTTP version 2 and what this means for web developers.