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Datta321
Can anyone explain in detail the difference between Http PUT and FTP with an example ?
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Ted Han
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, and is one of the old-timey ways to shunt files around the internet.  FTP relies on having an FTP daemon set up on whatever machine is the host machine that you're pushing files to.  FTP itself is notoriously insecure.  SFTP (FTP over SSH) is an unrelated implementation with a similar interface to FTP made subsequently to address FTP's total lack of security.

HTTP PUT is a RESTful HTTP verb, along side other verbs like GET, POST, DELETE and HEAD.  The intention for PUT is to update an existing resource (which is denoted by some URI, such as http://example.host.net/video/1.html) with new data sent in HTTP headers (just as what happens when you POST to a resource).  POSTs like any HTTP verb can be performed over secure connections using SSH and a browser's builtin facility for negotiating https connections signed with security certificates.

If your goal is to set up a personal server to upload files to and from, you want to use something like FTP.

If your goal is to accept, and update content from users (who may be untrusted -- and you should always assume your users are untrusted), then you probably want a web app that uses things like POST and PUT to receive data and files.

Fundamentally, FTP and HTTP do very different things and aren't really directly comparable.  To give you a more useful example, i would have to know more about what it is that you're atually trying to accomplish.

-Ted

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Datta321
Ted Han wrote
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, and is one of the old-timey ways to
shunt files around the internet.  FTP relies on having an FTP daemon set up
on whatever machine is the host machine that you're pushing files to.  FTP
itself is notoriously insecure.  SFTP (FTP over SSH) is an unrelated
implementation with a similar interface to FTP made subsequently to address
FTP's total lack of security.

HTTP PUT is a RESTful HTTP verb, along side other verbs like GET, POST,
DELETE and HEAD.  The intention for PUT is to update an existing resource
(which is denoted by some URI, such as http://example.host.net/video/1.html)
with new data sent in HTTP headers (just as what happens when you POST to a
resource).  POSTs like any HTTP verb can be performed over secure
connections using SSH and a browser's builtin facility for negotiating https
connections signed with security certificates.

If your goal is to set up a personal server to upload files to and from, you
want to use something like FTP.

If your goal is to accept, and update content from users (who may be
untrusted -- and you should always assume your users are untrusted), then
you probably want a web app that uses things like POST and PUT to receive
data and files.

Fundamentally, FTP and HTTP do very different things and aren't really
directly comparable.  To give you a more useful example, i would have to
know more about what it is that you're atually trying to accomplish.

-Ted

On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 5:08 AM, Datta321 <DS0036943@techmahindra.com>wrote:

> Can anyone explain in detail the *difference* between *Http PUT *and* FTP
> *with an example ?
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 Hi Ted,
    Thanks for your prompt response. Ya, I do need a specific example, just as you had mentioned in your response.
 
 Could it be possible for you to let me know as to how these 2 methods, namely ftp and Http Get may be used in reverse caching of proxy ?

  Regards,
 (Dattaprassanna)