httplib2: HTTP persistence and authentication

Monday, 3 April 2006, 2:04 PM EST

Persistent connections are critical to performance. In early versions of HTTP, connections from the client to the server were built up and torn down for every request. That's a lot of overhead on the client, on the server, and on any intermediaries. The persistent connection approach, that is, keeping the same socket connection open for multiple requests, is the default behavior in HTTP 1.1.

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