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The Definitive Guide to HTML5 WebSocket 2013th Edition

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About the Author

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).
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2013 edition (February 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430247401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430247401
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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The book is well written and examples are very helpful and complement the book well. The VM Appliance downloadable from the book website is simply brilliant. Everything you need to learn WebSocket (nodejs,Chrome, wireshark, etc) are all pre-installed in this Ubuntu VM. You just load it using VirtualBox and your learning lab is ready to go. Nothing to set up. This alone worth 10X the price of the book. Great works by these authors. Thank you!
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