Stop Wasting Connections, Use HTTP Keep-Alive

by bill-s, 2019-03-14T06:25:53.398Z

With the proliferation of third-party APIs and microservice architectures, modern web servers can make as many outgoing HTTP requests as the number of incoming HTTP requests they serve. A typical web application can interact with third-party APIs to handle payment processing, send email, track analytics, dispatch text messages, verify mailing addresses, or even deliver physical mail. A server can also rely on internal APIs to fetch account information, start asynchronous processes, or perform complex searches. Programs that initiate a high volume of outgoing HTTP requests must minimize the overhead of each in order to remain performant and optimize resource utilization.

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