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Unix Network Programming, Volume 1: The Sockets Networking API (3rd Edition) Hardcover – November 24, 2003

ISBN-13: 007-6092025917 ISBN-10: 0131411551 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 3 edition (November 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131411551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131411555
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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UNIX Network Programming, Volume 1: The Sockets Networking API, Third Edition

"Everyone will want this book because it provides a great mix of practical experience, historical perspective, and a depth of understanding that only comes from being intimately involved in the field. I've already enjoyed and learned from reading this book, and surely you will too."

--Sam Leffler

The classic guide to UNIX networking APIs... now completely updated!

To build today's highly distributed, networked applications and services, you need deep mastery of sockets and other key networking APIs. One book delivers comprehensive, start-to-finish guidance for building robust, high-performance networked systems in any environment: UNIX Network Programming, Volume 1, Third Edition.

Building on the legendary work of W. Richard Stevens, this edition has been fully updated by two leading network programming experts to address today's most crucial standards, implementations, and techniques. New topics include:

  • POSIX Single UNIX Specification Version 3
  • IPv6 APIs (including updated guidance on IPv6/IPv4 interoperability)
  • The new SCTP transport protocol
  • IPsec-based Key Management Sockets
  • FreeBSD 4.8/5.1, Red Hat Linux 9.x, Solaris 9, AIX 5.x, HP-UX, and Mac OS X implementations
  • New network program debugging techniques
  • Source Specific Multicast API, the key enabler for widespread IP multicast deployment

The authors also update and extend Stevens' definitive coverage of these crucial UNIX networking standards and techniques:

  • TCP and UDP transport
  • Sockets: elementary, advanced, routed, and raw
  • I/O: multiplexing, advanced functions, nonblocking, and signal-driven
  • Daemons and inetd
  • UNIX domain protocols
  • ioctl operations
  • Broadcasting and multicasting
  • Threads
  • Streams
  • Design: TCP iterative, concurrent, preforked, and prethreaded servers

Since 1990, network programmers have turned to one source for the insights and techniques they need: W. Richard Stevens' UNIX Network Programming. Now, there's an edition specifically designed for today's challenges--and tomorrow's.

About the Author

The late W. RICHARD STEVENS was the original author of UNIX Network Programming, First and Second Editions, widely recognized as the classic texts in UNIX networking. BILL FENNER is Principal Technical Staff Member at AT&T Labs in Menlo Park, CA, specializing in IP multicasting, network management, and measurement. He is one of the IETF's Routing Area Directors, responsible for approving all routing-related documents that get published as RFCs. ANDREW M. RUDOFF, Senior Software Engineer at Sun Microsystems, specializes in networking, operating systems internals, file systems, and high availability software architecture.


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With the updated third edition, this book keeps getting better and better with age.
John Nguyen
Great book, extremely helpful with well layed out code examples, that's are explained in detail so that you can implement your own version nice and easy.
Daniel Bowden
Overall this is a great book for those wanting to learn about network programming in Unix systems or those wanting a refresher.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It would be difficult to put value on a book that has been a classic text and a reference in academia and in the real world in the context of Network Programming for over a decade. Richard Stevens published the ever-popular Unix Network Programming [UNP] back in 1990, followed the second edition in 1998. With a dedication to the memory of R. Stevens, the UNP book found itself two new authors, Bill Fenner and Andrew M. Rudoff, who would write the third edition of this book. The third edition has many updates, a new look and feel and many of new chapters that cover the topics more applicable these days. In my opinion, it is still the most valuable and profound text in the context of Network Programming.
For those of us who have the first two editions of this book, the third edition has the following changes in effect:
· IPv6 updates. In the second version of the book, IPv6 was merely a draft and the sections covering IPv6 has been updated to take these changes into effect.
· POSIX updates. The functions/APIs and examples have been updated to reflect the changes to the latest version of the POSIX specification (1003.1-2001)
· SCTP coverage. 3 new chapters that cover this new reliable, message-based transport protocol have been added.
· Key Management Sockets coverage. Network security and its applicability and use with IPsec.
· Updated Operating Systems and machines that are used to run the examples in the book.
· Some topics such as Transaction TCP and X/Open Transport Interface have been dropped.
Many topics and sections have been updated with the authors' comments.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Pike on January 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book, as with all other Stevens books, can be used as either a tutorial or reference. The depth of information here is unparalleled. I continue to be impressed with the detail in this book. Fenner and Rudoff have done an outstanding job of maintaining quality and tradition this invaluable reference. Avid Stevens fans will not be disappointed.

3rd edition updates include:
*IPv6 added
*POSIX 1003.1-2001 added
*XTI dropped
*T/TCP dropped
*SCTP added
*Key Management Sockets for use with IPSec Added
*Machines used for examples updated
*Other material updated where appropriate (including new functions)

I bought this book a year ago along with Stevens "Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment" I read most of this book as a tutorial on network programming. I continue to use it as reference. I also read all of APUE. Since then I've added TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1 and UNIX Network Programming, Volume 2 to my collection. I've come to apprecaite the painstaking detail, pure clarity, and conciseness that are the hallmarks of all Stevens books.

I'm thankful that Rudoff and Fenner updated this classic. This book is all most will need for the sockets API. I don't have the second edition, but I'm quite happy with the third. It's good to have something that speaks to IPv6. This is the best of the old and new. I wouldn't mind seeing an updated version of TCP/IP Illustrated volumes 1 and 2 either if Fenner and Rudoff are up to it.

All of the Stevens books compliment each other really well. Truth be told, the more Stevens books you read the better off you are.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Russ Woodman on January 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
While not a C programmer by any means, I decided to take some time and tackle the UNIX Network Programming book. I found that lots of early college classes came back to me as I forged a few pages in. It was clear from the very beginning that this book was going to be a very detailed study on all aspects of IP networking as it relates to UNIX programmers. Even for someone who isn't initiated in the topic or really even interested, it was quite an experience to read through the hundreds of flow charts and detailed examples of C code showing how to perform all kinds of interesting network tasks.
From a simple HTTP GET to detailed network file and connectivity operations, including TCP and UDP packets, ports, sockets and so on, there is a place in the book for each kind of network programming service. There is also a fair amount of text dealing with debugging techniques, allowing even those programmers who are experienced in their craft to find new ways to ferret out the problems in their code. The book also promotes good stylistics in programming, engendering the idea that readable and understandable code is better code than that which simply works.
There are also examples and explanations for IPv6?, for any programmer who is going to be making the leap into next generation networks. There are also instructions on how to deal with wireless networks, security models and other topics for anyone who plans on designing network applications or specialized network configurations.
It's probably not accurate to rate a book on a topic that holds little interest to the reader, but even a modest script programmer can tell when a book hits a subject just right and brings out all the details in a concise, easy-to-understand way. If you're a hard-core network programmer, this book is definitely for you. If not, you may find you learn something anyway.
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