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Hands-On Network Programming with C

By : Lewis Van Winkle
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Hands-On Network Programming with C

By: Lewis Van Winkle

Overview of this book

Network programming enables processes to communicate with each other over a computer network, but it is a complex task that requires programming with multiple libraries and protocols. With its support for third-party libraries and structured documentation, C is an ideal language to write network programs. Complete with step-by-step explanations of essential concepts and practical examples, this C network programming book begins with the fundamentals of Internet Protocol, TCP, and UDP. You’ll explore client-server and peer-to-peer models for information sharing and connectivity with remote computers. The book will also cover HTTP and HTTPS for communicating between your browser and website, and delve into hostname resolution with DNS, which is crucial to the functioning of the modern web. As you advance, you’ll gain insights into asynchronous socket programming and streams, and explore debugging and error handling. Finally, you’ll study network monitoring and implement security best practices. By the end of this book, you’ll have experience of working with client-server applications and be able to implement new network programs in C. The code in this book is compatible with the older C99 version as well as the latest C18 and C++17 standards. You’ll work with robust, reliable, and secure code that is portable across operating systems, including Winsock sockets for Windows and POSIX sockets for Linux and macOS.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)
Title Page
About Packt

Chapter 7. Building a Simple Web Server

This chapter builds on the previous one by looking at the HTTP protocol from the server's perspective. In it, we will build a simple web server. This web server will work using the HTTP protocol, and you will be able to connect to it with any standard web browser. Although it won't be full-featured, it will be suitable for serving a few static files locally. It will be able to handle a few simultaneous connections from multiple clients at once.

The following topics are covered in this chapter:

  • Accepting and buffering multiple connections
  • Parsing an HTTP request line
  • Formatting an HTTP response
  • Serving a file
  • Security considerations