How HTTP Works with Julia Evans

Julia Evans explains all things HTTP, the need for intermediate level educational materials, the importance of fundamentals, writing to an audience, the zine format, and working on education professionally.

Julia Evans is best known for her zines and blog posts that break down technical topics in a friendly way.  She has written educational material on everything from Linux system calls to working with managers.

She joins us to talk about what she learned while writing her latest zine: HTTP: Learn your browser's language.

Timestamps:
  • 0:50 - Why write a zine about HTTP?
  • 1:21 - What's a header that could break your site?
  • 2:50 - What does HTTP look like?
  • 5:58 - What headers are most important?
  • 8:39 - Response Codes
  • 12:26 - Authentication
  • 14:57 - Cookies
  • 18:37 - Using browser development tools
  • 19:46 - Caching and CDNs
  • 25:46 - Referrer Header and Hotlinking images
  • 27:34 - Resuming file downloads 
  • 30:00 - URLs
  • 32:11 - Why webpages show different languages
  • 34:34 - Same Origin Policy / CORS
  • 43:42 - Compression / GZIP
  • 45:58 - Intermediate Programming Education
  • 49:35 - Picking topics for blogs and zines
  • 57:10 - Picking an audience to write to
  • 59:54 - Types of educational material (zines, books)
  • 64:03 - Why Julia likes the zine format
  • 65:53 - Working on education full time
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