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How the client request and server response cycle works

Paramanantham Harrison
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Let's learn how the client request flows through the server.

Request response cycle

For understanding, request, and response flow. Let's consider the example of the Twitter home page.

  • If you go to Twitter without logged-in, then it loads generic tweets based on user location.
  • If you log in, then it loads the feeds personalized for you. Even for the same request, different data responses get sent based on the request context.

What exactly happens in-between the client request and server response?

The flow will be like this,

  • Client browser sends a request to the URL –
  • The server gets the request, parses the request, and checks whether the requested URL is valid or not
  • If not valid, then the server sends a 404 – not found response
  • The server checks whether the request was from valid-user
  • If not a valid user, then it tries to get the user location
  • If it finds the user location, then it sends a response with user location-specific tweet data
  • If it doesn't find the user location, then it sends a response with generic global tweets data
  • If a valid user requested the data, then it sends the response with the user's personalized tweet feed
  • This is how the request flows inside the server before sending a proper response from the server.

This example simplifies a lot of steps in-between to make it easy to understand. There might be many more steps like this before the server sends the response to the client.

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