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TitleUNIX Network Programming, Volume 2: Interprocess Communications
Author(s)W. Richard Stevens
PublishedAugust 1998
PublisherPrentice Hall PTR
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
This is a very solid textbook for the programming of network functions and applications in the UNIX environment. Starting with the basics of network models, the book then moves through UNIX specific net concepts and interprocess communications. The details of TCP/IP are evidently the preferred model in the examples, but XNS, SNA, NetBIOS, OSI and UUCP also get coverage. Berkeley sockets and the System V transport interface are outlined, as well as Berkeley library routines. There is discussion of applications in security, time and date, ping, trivial file transfer protocol, print spoolers, remote execution, login and drive access, performance and remote procedure calls. The excellence of the text is also evident in the care taken with the chapter exercises. They are not mere reading checks, but real tests of understanding of the concepts covered. The bibliography, as well, is thorough and helpfully annotated.

Reviewer wrote:
The first volume of Unix Network Programming, Networking APIs: Sockets and XTI covers just about everything you need to know to get your applications to talk to other computers on a network. In this second volume, W. Richard Stevens discusses what you need to know to get your applications to talk to other applications running on your computer. There's a big difference, and Stevens covers it well. Stevens introduces the reader to the internal structures of Posix interprocess communication (IPC) and System V (SysV) IPC; pipes and first in, first outs (FIFOs); message queues; how to lock and unlock files and records; semaphores; shared memory; and remote procedure calls (RPCs). He explains the difference between the Posix and SysV implementations of semaphores, message queues, and shared memory. There are also plenty of notes and examples for the reader. This book is invaluable for programmers because it explains all of those little "gotchas" that always seem to pop up. In addition, the explanations of the differences between Posix IPC and SysV IPC really help readers decide which version they'd like to use for their applications.

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