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A HTTP proxy acts as an intermediary between a HTTP client (i.e. browser) and HTTP server. It receives all requests from the browser, and relays them (possibly modified) to the server. Likewise, it receives all responses from the server, and relays them (possibly modified) to the client. HTTP Proxies can be used for a wide variety of tasks, including filtering, logging, caching, etc, etc, etc.

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Detailed information about JAVA proxy: Little Proxy
Proxy Name Little Proxy
Language and version java version: 1.5
HTTP version 1.1
HTTPS Connect yes
Windows NTLM support No
Last updated YYYY-MM-DD 2011-06-03
Platform all
Author Adam Fisk (Last Bamboo LLC)
Home page http://www.littleshoot.org/littleproxy/
Primary features LittleProxy is a high-performance HTTP proxy written in Java
Features

"LittleProxy outperforms mod_proxy in every test we've ever run, beating it by as much as 83% on some tests using Apache Benchmark"

License Apache 2.0
Design Architecture Asynchronous(Event-driven)
Notes This proxy is built with netty, a high performance asynchronous event-driven network application framework.