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Discovering P2P Paperback – November 6, 2001

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ISBN-13: 978-0782140187 ISBN-10: 0782140181 Edition: 1st

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Peer to Peer: Groundbreaking, Controversial, and Still Growing

Not every “next big thing” has lived up to its promise, but the technologies comprising peer-to-peer computing are definitely here to stay. Inside, Michael Miller walks you through this still-burgeoning field, showing you where it’s come from and where it’s headed. In between, he looks closely at P2P’s current representatives, including Napster, Aimster, and SETI@home, drawing from their successes and controversies to paint a vivid picture of a diverse set of applications that continue to change the way the world thinks about computing.

Delve into every aspect of the P2P revolution:
  • File-sharing
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Distributed computing
  • Applications development

Explore the state of the art in P2P …
  • Gnutella
  • Napster
  • Aimster
  • Instant messaging
  • SETI@home
  • Microsoft’s .NET initiative

… as well as P2P’s origins and future directions.

About the Author

Mike Miller has authored more than three dozen nonfiction how-to books in the past decade including Sybex's Discovering Bluetoothand PowerPoint! IDKYCDT. He has established a reputation for explaining technical topics to nontechnical readers, and for offering useful real-world advice about complicated topics. He is also the President of the Molehill Group, a writing/consulting firm based in Carmel, Indiana.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (November 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0782140181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0782140187
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,139,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michael Miller is the best-selling writer of more than 100 non-fiction books. He writes about a variety of topics, including computers, online selling, business, consumer electronics, and music. From his first book (Ventura Publisher Techniques and Applications, published in 1988) to his latest title, he has established a reputation for practical advice, technical accuracy, and an unerring empathy for the needs of his readers.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Henning Follmann on March 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
Citing the backcover: "Incisive, Opinonated Coverage of Applications That Have Captured the IT World's Attention".
Let's translate this: "Superficial Enumeration of Applications".
This book does not provide any deeper information about P2P applications. Also the section about business models is not well founded and does not provide any helpful information. I was really disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book gives a good explanation of p2p networks as they were understood at the time of writing in 2001. Napster, of course. But also Gnutella and SETI@home.

However, if you are new to p2p, you may want to search out more recent texts. There has been a lot of developments since 2001. Most notably with the rise of Bram Cohen's BitTorrent, and its novel use of downloaders to act as uploaders for files. Another factor is that the use of various p2p networks did appear to lead to the music industry's weak sales in recent years. While BitTorrent is now proving to be a worry to the film studios.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ZAK on August 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
Not very readable, didn't find it interesting, after going through the first part of the book i put it somewhere and never bothered to completely read it.
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