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Win32 Network Programming: Windows 95 and Windows NT Network Programming Using MFC Paperback – 9 Sep 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; Pap/Dskt edition (9 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201489309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201489309
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.7 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,187,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

Included on the disk are code examples from the book: a C++/MFC class library that extends MFC to support overlapped I/O, I/O completion ports, Windows Sockets 2, the Windows Sockets Service Registration API, and related functionality.



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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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Though the book is already pretty old for the fast developing area it is still veru usefull. It covers areas like RPC that are even usefull for UNIX programmers and it describes Multithreading and the TCP/IP Socket API quiet well. It is one of the books for real programmers who do want to understand what is going on and keep control over their programs.
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Good book and easy to follow. Covers a wealth of information. I found this book much easier to follow than some of the other books on the market with similar topics. Source code included (on floppy) contained many errors, however.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95dd6c30) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x95de715c) out of 5 stars Old Info - Not useful 14 Feb. 2000
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Forget this book if you want good working examples. In nearly every chapter the author displays MFC class code but no examples for use of the technologies he is talking about. Also, if you are trying to learn how to write a multi-threaded TCP based server, you can foreget this book. Like others have stated, this book is old. Published in 1996 it refers Windows 95 and NT 4.0 as new technologies.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95de7210) out of 5 stars Very useful book, covers a lot of areas and is written well 25 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Though the book is already pretty old for the fast developing area it is still veru usefull. It covers areas like RPC that are even usefull for UNIX programmers and it describes Multithreading and the TCP/IP Socket API quiet well. It is one of the books for real programmers who do want to understand what is going on and keep control over their programs.
HASH(0x95de73a8) out of 5 stars The best Win32 Reference in a Nutshell 26 Dec. 2012
By Robin T. Wernick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There is a resurgence in Win32 programming brought about by a renewed interest in C++ program design. I searched among my personal reference books and only found scattered mention of Win32 operations in my old MFC references. I needed a more comprehensive and concentrated compendium of Win32 knowledge and I found it in "Win32 Network Programming". If you are returning to the lower depths of Windows programming, this book can save you time and effort in reaching your goal.

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
Intro
Exceptions
Memory Allocation

Section Two : Multithreading
Basic Multithreading
Synchronizing Threads

Section Three : Files
File I/O
DLL Files

Section Four : Communications
Peer-to-Peer
Sockets
Named Pipes
Remote Procedure Calls, Win Services

Section Five : Wrapup
LAN Manager
Security API
Registry and Performance Monitoring
Other network APIs
Sample Applications

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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95de730c) out of 5 stars Covers much essential Win32 programming 18 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Good book and easy to follow. Covers a wealth of information. I found this book much easier to follow than some of the other books on the market with similar topics. Source code included (on floppy) contained many errors, however.
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