- Paperback: 731 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (1 Sept. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1565928709
- ISBN-13: 978-1565928701
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.5 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,192,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Java Network Programming (Java (O'Reilly)) Paperback – 1 Sep 2000
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Java, intended for use on the Internet, was designed to support networking over TCP/IP. In fact most of Java's network support is unchanged since version 1.0. This book's examples use Java 1.1 and Java 2 (v1.2 and 1.3).
The author assumes you are a Java programmer familiar with AWT as well as Swing. He starts by claiming Java makes network applications easier to write than other languages. A bold claim.
In order to understand how to get the most from Java Network Programming the author goes into extensive detail on URLs, MIME, HTML and HTTP. But by chapter four you are writing simple apps to demonstrate I/O issues, then threads. In chapter six you are introduced to the InetAddress class so you can get out and about. Using just this you can write your own nslookup. Neat. Each Java networking concept is introduced, explained, demonstrated in a simple app and then incorporated into something useful. There is a lot of sample code, all downloadable.
Most of the book effectively deals with simple file transfer in order to focus on networking issues but in chapter 18 Remote Method Invocation appears which enables you to run distributed programs. RMI underlies network-aware applications. Toward the end of the book the author differentiates between protocol handlers--which deals with interactions between systems--and content handlers. Network-delivered content is often handled as a MIME type. This is carried to a logical conclusion in the last section on the JavaMail API.
Overall, Java Network Programming is a readable book which makes a complex subject accessible in a logical and structured manner. And he is right, network programming does look easier in Java. --Steve Patient
"....Harold does a praiseworthy task of discussing, describing, and illustrating network concepts with Java." -- William F. Gilreath, IEEE Distributed Systems Online, Volume 3, 2002See all Product Description
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The API part has been updated and is fine now. The subject matter is still aimed at a strong basic grounding in using Java to connect over the internet and not explaining any internet protocols.
The book is written well, as is the other book I've read by the author, Java I/O. It provides a very good grounding on network programming to people who are experienced in Java but whose limit in the network programming has so far been the URL class.
If you want to do more complex stuff, find an Internet Protocols book (OReilly do one). This book deserves an average of 5 stars.
Java makes networking easy, and this book shows just how straightforward it is to create networked applications. Furthermore, if you're interested in more complex topics like how ContentHandlers, and Protocol Handlers work ( and how to write your own ) then this book covers that too.
The book can seem a little slow in places as the author explains nearly all the methods available. At the end of it all, however you come away with a thorough understanding.
All the examples work too! ( Well they did for the first edition ).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book to increase my skills in Java RMI and it helps.
The book is good too to understand better some network programming techniques, structures and concepts
Perhaps the best thing about this book is the clarity of the authors style. Some authors in this field do their best to obscure their subject, but this book is perfect for an... Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2001