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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596101007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596101008
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel Steinberg is the editor of ONJava and java.net for the O'Reilly Network. He's been working with Java on the Mac since it first appeared, but also enjoys coding in ObjC and other languages. Daniel is a longtime technical writer, trainer, and developer with Dim Sum Thinking, Inc. and recently co-authored the book, "Extreme Software Engineering: A Hands-on approach" (Prentice Hall).

Stuart Cheshire is currently a Senior Scientist with Apple Computer, specializing in Internet Protocols. He's published papers in the areas of wireless and networking, and Mobile IP, and previously worked on IBM Token Ring with Madge Networks in the U.K. Stuart received the B.A. and M.A. degrees from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, U.K., and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evgeni Stavinov on September 13, 2008
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I needed to design a simple network protocol for custom embedded devices with features similar to Zeroconf.
I spent quite some time gathering bits and pieces about it on the web before giving up and buying this book. It's comprehensive. It explains different Zeroconf design choices and pitfalls, which was important to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon J Newton on November 9, 2013
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It covers all the concepts behind zeroconf and it's small enough you can read it in a few hours. If you're looking to get started using DNS-SD / MDNS this is the book for you. The first half covers the theory, the second half is code samples.
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18 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Clint Pachl on August 13, 2008
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First of all, this book wasn't what I expected. I was anticipating a UNIX-like book about how to use common servers to automate network and computer configurations. I guess I should have read the book description better. Instead, it is very Mac-centric and covers service discovery, automatic configuration, and Apple's zeroconf software currently known as Bonjour.

After discovering early on that this was not the book I was looking for, I still decided to read it cover to cover. It is actually ok, but I see lots of arguments against zeroconf. First of all, security. I would not recommend attaching a zeroconf network directly to the Internet. There are too many opportunities for the bad guy to exploit your network when things just automagically configure themselves. That's why UPnP just kind of died. Sure, this stuff is useful for secure isolated networks, but those are becoming a rarity. Security is addressed very briefly and the authors don't make a very strong argument.

Second, zeroconf is to make our lives easier by not having to run service oriented servers, like DNS and DHCP, however, this book tells you how to setup and use DNS to make zeroconf work better; very contradicting.

I would recommend this book to a Mac application developer who is building an app that needs to take advantage of service discovery and automatic configuration. There is tons of good API code snippets, explanations, and examples. However, if you are a regular Mac/UNIX/Windows user who just wants your computer to automatically detect your network printers, scanners, cameras, etc., you can skip this book and find all the documentation you need online. I would suggest starting at Wikipedia.
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Stuart Cheshire and Daniel H. Steinberg's Zero Configuration Networking: The Definitive Guide tells how to integrate hardware and software with no configuration files in between - and no error messages. Zeroconf is a standard for building self-configuring applications, from LANs to printer files and file-sharing software: Zero Configuration Networking tells how to put it all together with easy implementation. Three 'Hacks' titles provide options for working with networks, images and programs.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on February 13, 2007
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'Zero Configuration Networking: The Definitive Guide' by Daniel Steinberg is a great network resource book for any and all administrators, developers, and/or tinkerers!! Packed to the brim with networking goodness, this is a wonderful book for anyone that wants to learn to network things smarter, better, and faster than ever before!! Written in classic O'Reilly fashion with ~220 pages of solid content, this is a nice buy for all interested parties :^)

***** RECOMMENDED
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