Win32 Network Programming: Windows 95 and Windows NT Network Programming Using MFC Paperback – 9 Sep 1996
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From the Back Cover
Windows® 95 and Windows NT™ coexist in many networked environments, and the two operating systems share a common networking API. However, there are some important differences in their capabilities and implementation. Win32® Network Programming shows programmers how to build networked applications that leverage 32-bit features and functionality, covering both Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0.
From an industry veteran and a leading authority on network programming, the comprehensive coverage of Windows networking in this book includes:
- strategies for building successful applications
- discussion of overlapped I/O, I/O completion ports, Windows Sockets (including Winsock 2), the Service Registration API, the Win32 Security API, RPC, and Named Pipes
- how to apply the Microsoft Foundation Classes and object-oriented programming principles to Win32 network programming and use them to hide the differences between Windows NT and Windows 95
About the Author
Ralph Davis is a professional programmer, programming consultant, and writer. He has taught Windows network programming at numerous companies including Digital Equipment Corporation.
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I have noticed a tendency in the last decade for reference books to shift to the teaching extremes in their approach to educating the reader. The "How To" books like this one are much fewer now. More of the new offerings are set either in the basic training of a computer language or settle entirely around the narrow application of that computer language to a highly limited area. Try finding a book on how to apply JQuery properly or the best use of C++ to build OOP. We are forced to return to the old references to find out how to master a spectrum of tasks. This "old school" book is one such that brings most of Win32 programming under one cover.
In my world the meat of programming is applying the language to particular problems. Getting a new C++ C11 reference accomplishes little if it doesn't talk about file I/O, graphics, networking, or databases. I want far more than theory, I want the power of knowing how to apply the language to the computer's devices.This book provides that answer for Windows operating systems. If you need to know how to get traction for your program in Windows, this is one of the best places to find it and learn how to master the details.
This 800 page book covers most aspects of Win32 in detail. It provides hundreds of pages of working code while explaining the approach to controlling the underlying machine. It does not cover graphics interface design, you will have to consult to another book for designing MFC, Forms in .NET or WPF to gain that understanding. A companion 3.5" floppy is contained only in the new version of the book and contains all the code in the book and would be the reason to buy it. I keep two operating computers with floppy drives just to be able to access these older disk formats.
There are sixteen chapters roughly divided into five sections:
Section One : Basic Language Support
Section Two : Multithreading
Section Three : Files
Section Four : Communications
Remote Procedure Calls, Win Services
Section Five : Wrapup
Registry and Performance Monitoring
Other network APIs
I found four areas to support my current work in this reference book. If your time is worth some money get the new version and save yourself some typing. Even though WCF has supplanted some of this work, legacy code still rules much of the computing world and is going to take many years to catch up with the latest framework developments. For an old reference this book has much to recommend it.
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