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The Definitive Guide to HTML5 WebSocket 1st Edition

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Vanessa Wang is an HTML5 and WebSocket enthusiast who has spent more than fifteen years writing about such diverse subjects as complex database application tools and cutting-edge web technologies. She is currently Manager of Technical Publications at Kaazing and co-organizer of the San Francisco HTML5 User Group. When she is not writing, she enjoys organizing community events for HTML5 and related technologies, kickboxing, riding her motorcycle, and playing her cello. Follow her on Twitter (@vjwang).

Frank Salim is a software engineer at Google. Previously, he was one of the original engineers at Kaazing who helped craft the WebSocket gateway and client strategy. Frank is a San Diego native currently residing in San Francisco, California. He holds a degree in computer science from Pomona College. When he is not programming, Frank enjoys reading, painting, and inline skating. In 2010, Frank co-authored "Pro HTML5 Programming" (Apress).

Peter Moskovits heads up real-time solutions development at Kaazing, a software company enhancing the way business and customers communicate across the Web using the new HTML5 WebSocket standard. Peter works closely with architects and the developer community to build and deploy the best possible web communication solutions. Before joining Kaazing, in various product management leadership roles Peter was responsible for Oracle's portal product strategy. Peter is a frequent speaker at conferences and industry events, such as GoTo, YOW!, JavaOne, Oracle OpenWorld, HTML5DeConf, DevCon5, and various user group meetings. He is also the co-author of the Oracle WebCenter 11g Handbook.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430247401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430247401
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ilya Grigorik on March 31, 2013
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Full disclosure: I had the opportunity to review the early version of the book, and also wrote the foreword for the book. And the good news is, I gave it a glowing review based on the early drafts, and it has only gotten better since! The book strikes a perfect balance between technical know-how, and hands-on examples and implementation.

If you're not familiar with WebSockets, then think of it as an upgraded TCP connection, but with clean browser API and a set of convenient abstractions such as built-in message framing, protocol negotiation, bi-directional communication, multiplexing, and more. Broadly speaking there are two parts to WebSocket: the browser API specified by W3C, and the wire protocol defined by IETF (RFC 6455). The book begins with a good overview of each component - if you don't much care for the wire protocol, you can skip right over. Alternatively, if you're a protocol geek (like myself), then you have a great launching point for further research - the book covers just enough to answer all the common questions.

Following the technical introduction, the book dissects three hands-on examples: an XMPP chat implementation layered over WebSockets, a STOMP messaging client, and finally a full blown VNC implementation over WebSockets, which includes hands-on demos and code examples of how to work with binary data, protocols, and all other important WebSocket features. Finally, the book concludes with a good discussion on deployment and security best practices - an area all too often overlooked. Long story short, this book should take you from 0 to 60 with WebSockets, and you'll have fun doing it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rajesh on April 30, 2013
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It is a good basic introduction and has some good examples that gets you started. They do not provide any help if you would want to deploy this technology in an enterprise environment. There is no detail on how to solve tougher problems like security or DMZ issues which in my view is the biggest challenge for WebSockets. The example with Node.js does not help me in taking it to the next level.

I was hoping that it will be give me more pointers to how we can deploy this technology with challenges around network security etc. It does go at a very high level but would like see more drill down.
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By detour on November 17, 2015
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The book appears to have a lot of answers. However, if you can't get virtual box to work, then you'll have to type in all the example code because There is no way to download the examples except using virtualbox.

I've wasted a couple of days fiddling with virtualbox on debian-jessie, amd64_bit and can't get it to function.

I downloaded a zip file that appears to be the book wrapped up in a vmware server. Another mess!

How hard would it have been to zip up the example files?
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Very concise complete coverage of the topic. I found the example Web Socket server implementation in Node.js especially helpful. Easy to read and understand, very well written.
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