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About the Author

Dr. Alan B. Johnston has over thirteen years of experience in SIP, VoIP (Voice over IP), and Internet Communications, having been a co-author of the SIP specification and a dozen other IETF RFCs, including the ZRTP media security protocol. He is the author of four best selling technical books on Internet Communications, SIP, and security, and a technothriller novel “Counting from Zero” that teaches the basics of Internet and computer security. He is on the board of directors of the SIP Forum. He holds Bachelors and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering. Alan is an active participant in the IETF RTCWEB working group. He is currently a Distinguished Engineer at Avaya, Inc. and an Adjunct Instructor at Washington University in St Louis. He owns and rides a number of motorcycles, and enjoys mentoring a robotics team.

Dr. Daniel C. Burnett

has more than a dozen years of experience in computer standards work, having been author and editor of the W3C standards underlying the majority of today's automated Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems. He has twice received the prestigious “Speech Luminary” award from Speech Tech Magazine for his contributions to standards in the Automated Speech Recognition (Voice Recognition) field. As an editor of the PeerConnection and getUserMedia W3C WEBRTC specifications and a participant in the IETF, Dan has been involved from the beginning in this exciting new field. He is currently the Chief Scientist at Voxeo Labs and Director of Standards at Voxeo. When he can get away, Dan loves camping both with his family and with his son’s Boy Scout Troop.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Codex LLC; 2 edition (June 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098597883X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985978839
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,192,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Quayle on September 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
Alan Johnston and Dan Burnett have updated their excellent "The WebRTC book", the full title is "WebRTC: APIs and RTCWEB Protocols of the HTML5 Real-Time Web." It was only back in September 2012 I reviewed the first version of their excellent book, and much has happened, which is all captures in this second edition.

This edition begins with an introduction to WebRTC and discusses what is new about it. The unique aspects of WebRTC peer-to-peer media flows are explored, and Network Address Translation (NAT) traversal are explained. They have lots of new material, including new chapters on signaling, and privacy and security. They discuss the working documents and finalized documents that together comprise the WebRTC standards-in-progress in both the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). And finally discuss the current state of deployment in popular browsers, which surprisingly hasn't changed that much over the past year compared to the standard.

Whether you're a developer looking to understand what WebRTC can do for you, or a marketing person wishing to gain a deeper understanding of an important industry development, or a strategy person digging deeper into what WebRTC is and isn't, this is the book for you. Easily accessible and frankly presented with no hyperbole just the facts, the book continues to provides the best review of a standard that will in time transform the web by making real-time communications an intrinsic part of the experience. The WebRTC Book remains one of my few "constant companion books" as its on my Kindle and on my desk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Beck on July 30, 2013
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Need to get up to speed on WebRTC fast, this is the way forward: detailed, concise and well structured it gets you into the realm of browser Real Time Communications quickly but with a solid reference to the defining standards, some of which are still in motion.

A critical decision factor for me was the very recent Publication Date of this title, important for newer and evolving standards.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mandel on August 20, 2013
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My review is more of a word of warning.

If you are looking for a book that is very practical, with a lot of example code, and a lot of "here are a lot of small exercises to build you up to the more complicated things" - then this not the book for you.

While incredibly informative, this book is very, very, very heavy on the theory before it even gets into a sample application (which you can't download the code to, which is a point of frustration).

That being said, it is incredibly thorough, and attempts to explain almost every aspect of how a WebRTC system does (and could) work - which has value in it's own right.

All in all - I don't think you can get this information condensed into one package anywhere else, and they have done a very good job in attempting to put it all together, especially knowing the state of flux of WebRTC at the time of publishing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Sinnreich on July 16, 2013
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Where new technologies mature and then quickly expand to global reach, Internet and Web standards are not far behind. This is exactly the present state of the emerging Web based Real-Time Communications also named for short WebRTC in the respective Internet and Web standards organizations, the IETF and W3C. This book provides clear explanations of the magic of combining in a secure manner countless Web applications with voice, video, texting, screen sharing and many others using only the browser, while enabling also connectivity to various other communication services. And all this is enabled by using global open standards and free software - at least such as from the authors' web page and numerous other sources.
The 2nd edition of the book "WebRTC: APIs and RTCWEB Protocols of the HTML5 Real-Time Web" by Alan Johnston and Dan Burnett in Kindle and print format has become available exactly at the right time for application developers, engineers, IT managers and analysts to get authoritative information from two authors who have not only credible background in both the communications and Web industries but are also active participants in the present standards development. For example, the subdued humor about the video codec and patents wars reveal the insider perspective. Being written by university educators and hands-on implementers also makes the book very easily readable.
Last but not least the associated web site and application code for testing WebRTC communications generates the excitement of following a live development, as has been the case with almost all new technologies and standards.
There is so much more one would like to share when reading this book, but I will stop here and just encourage everybody interested in these topics to start enjoying the book right away.

Henry Sinnreich
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