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HTTPS & Other Acronyms

Acronyms have always been around, however, it seems they have become a way of life with texting and such. LOL. Some of the more common acronyms you see when using the Internet are www, http, https, html, jpg, etc. to name a few. The first three represent protocols on the Internet, while the last two, define the type of file – page (HTML) and images (JPG).

In addition to these examples, below we’ve listed some other acronyms you may have seen but may not know what they stand for. If you would like more in depth information, we given reference links.

WWW – World Wide Web – stands for all the electronic documentation available on the internet.

 HTTP – Hypertext Transfer Protocol – a method used to transfer information from the servers to browsers using links. Used for general Internet access where information transferred is not sensitive.

 HTTPS – Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure – another method of transferring information with an additional layer of security. Used when access needs to be secured, i.e., purchases using a credit card, banking, credit union, etc. [1]

Other acronyms are used to represent file extensions for web pages. HTML (Hypertext Mark-up Language) is one of the most common but there are many more. A few of the more commonly used codes for writing pages, i.e., those requiring more in depth functions – databases, etc., are listed below.

CF – Cold Fusion – is an application platform that connects HTML pages to a database, i.e., real estate listings. This program was developed in 1995 and became part of Adobe in 2005. [2]

 PHP – Hypertext Preprocessor (originally: Personal Home Page) – server side scripting language that allows processing that generates a resulting web page. Can be embedded into HTML pages. [3]

 ASP (ASPX) – Active Server pages – server-side script engine that provides built-in objects:

  • Application
  • ASPError
  • Request
  • Response
  • Server
  • Session

The quote below will give you a better idea of how ASP works.

“Web pages with the .asp file extension use ASP, although some web sites disguise their choice of scripting language for security purposes (e.g. still using the more common .htm or .html extension). Pages with the .aspx extension use compiled ASP.NET (based on Microsoft’s .NET Framework), which makes them faster and more robust than server-side scripting in ASP, which is interpreted at run-time; however, ASP.NET pages may still include some ASP scripting.” [4]

If you’re looking for acronyms, the website acronymfinder.com is most helpful. It is broken down alphabetically with each page having sub-categories.

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[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_Secure

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_ColdFusion

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHP

[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_Server_Pages

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