- Hardcover: 1024 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 3 edition (November 24, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0131411551
- ISBN-13: 978-0131411555
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,595 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 LefflerThe 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
- 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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The biggest issue with the text is its reliance on a single, horrifying concoction called the "unp.h" header file and its associated c files. An important rule, especially in teaching material, is not to present more material than what is necessary to convey the intended lesson. In order to understand how the simplest of the programs depicted in the book work, the student must climb an incredible mountain of code in the form of the appendices. The book does nothing to help the student understand the thinking involved in the wrapper functions, which often call other wrapper functions or use other author-defined variables in the unp.h header. The afformentioned header and its associated files take up twelve pages in appendix D. That doesn't sound like much, but when one function's code is calling on another function that appears off the current page and so on, it becomes an issue.
For an expert that already knows the ins and outs of Network Programming in C, this is an acceptable resource. As a guide to learning C network programming from the ground up, it is unfortunately less user friendly than it at first appears. However, if the student somehow overcomes the wall that is appendix D, things become smoother. My final verdict: A useful resource that will prove frustrating for beginners.
a very concise, complete and clear way the semantics of the sockets' layer under Unix type OSes. Reading it, the
user will acquire the necessary knowledge, needed to understand the relations between protocol (TCP/IP/SCTP/...) implementation/details and the socket layer functionality.
Especially necessary when one is about to tackle the network stack