HTTP/2 is the future of browser communication, and as such, it offers many opportunities to users, developers, and DevOps. Read this blog post to learn how HTTP/2 works, what makes it better than HTTP/1.1 (or maybe not) and where it still needs to improve.
A Brief History of HTTP, HTTP/1.1, SPDY, and HTTP/2
HTTP, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol, is the method of communication used by browsers to communicate to web servers. The most commonly used version of HTTP is HTTP/1.1, which was introduced in 1997. However, its last major release was in 1999, when browsers were a different animal, not to mention the concept of the Internet as a whole. Today’s websites contain more data and resources than before, sometimes hundreds of them, and they are generally larger in size because they are much more interactive and contain more components and elements. HTTP/1.1 isn’t able to deal with all of these improvements, and communication is slower and more complex than necessary.