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Where is possible to find references (links or books) about how a generic Web Server work? Basically, I'd like to have a general understanding of what a Web Server does and (ideally) how to create/modify one, say implementing secure https connection in a web server that does not support that.

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Arstechnica has good tutorial with a fair amount of background info and links to more in-depth articles on various subjects.


The article chooses and focuses on one particular web server (nginx). Unfortunately it doesn't dig into SSL/https configuration.

Be prepared that web servers are a big subject and SSL/https is a big subject all by itself.

For a resource that expects a bit more background knowledge Apache has some great documentation.


As you might expect the 'Getting Started' guide might be a great place to start.


If you don't mind paying for a service http://www.safaribooksonline.com/ can give you a wealth of good books on the subject for a flat monthly fee.

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thanks a lot. The thing is, more then learning how to configure and use a web server I am after a kind of book describing the main pieces of it at a "code level", in order to make the reader able to eventually create a brand new web server from scratch. I don't know if it's clear –  Michele Dec 6 '13 at 13:43
In that case I'd suggest taking a look at some other posts: stackoverflow.com/questions/2338775/… –  Sam Alpher Dec 6 '13 at 13:47
many thanks!!! that is it. –  Michele Dec 6 '13 at 13:50

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