Java(TM) Network Programming and Distributed Computing
||Author: David Reilly, Michael Reilly|
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Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co (25 March, 2002)
Sales Rank: 56,927
Average Customer Rating: 4.4 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
One of the best instructional books Iżve read!
If not for its minor typo errors in the text and code, I would have given this book 5 stars.
If you're a bedroom Java programmer like me, then you can repair the code easily. Also the code examples weren't "perfect" implementations of Object Oriented Programming concepts but I believe this was intentional considering the latter would have been an additional layer of complexity and would have detracted from the book's instructional value.
The chapter on Servlets could have been longer by providing simulated web-based transaction (i.e. two-player tic-tac-toe or even against the server, or a simple business transaction using a non-database source -> text file).
The bonus JavaMail chapter was superb! If you excel in AWT/SWING, then you could make a GUI-based e-mail client with this chapter!
In my opinion, the RMI and CORBA chapters could have provided a little background on distributed computing theory. While the book overall is clear and well-organized, those without distributed computing theory background (like me) would have trouble understanding these chapters (i.e. where did the words stub and skeleton come from?) I bought this book for the networking and not the distributed computing chapters, anyway, so don't let my inexperience with distributed computing make this book any less worthwhile.
I'm just being my own opinionated self but I found this book to be truly excellent and personally give it 4.5 stars!
Rating: 5 out of 5
Very well written
One of the best books I've purchased.
I bought "Java Network Programming and Distributed Computing" for Sun's Developer certification exam which requires knowledge of the information given in every chapter, for example RMI, sockets, serialization, and threading.
The book progressively gives you information you need to understand how the different protocols work, when, where, why, and how to use them and gives good explanations of its source code examples.
I feel I received more than my money's worth and will be looking for more titles by David Reilly and Michael Reilly.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Simple to understand, but I prefer a bit of complexity. . .
Most of my experience in network programming comes from W. Richard Stevens' "UNIX Network Programming", where there's lots of detail in the TCP/IP protocol, and using C to implement it. At the time, the professor teaching the course tried to provide us with comparable programs in Java, but not having a good Java networking book to consult from was a drawback to those segues.
This book serves as an excellent companion to Stevens' book, so that you can get the feel for how Java accomplishes networking capabilities. I still prefer the TCP/IP detail that Stevens' book provides, but that's mainly because I like the language independent concept of networking.
I created a small client2client messaging applet, sent it to a couple of friends for testing, and enjoyed how quickly and easily it was to get it working. Java abstracts a lot of the detail away from the user, since it was designed from the get-go to include networking capabilities, and this book uses those abstractions to its advantage. I'll probably want to get my hands dirty and see how much hands-on control I can get with Java sometime later.
(Reilly*2)'s book is a great way to just jump into network programming without getting your head too tangled with TCP/IP intricacies. This is not to say that the book doesn't cover those details, but it doesn't delve into them as deeply as Stevens' book does. In my view, that's a drawback to it being an absolute reference, but for many who just want to start developing client/server apps, this may be just what you're looking for.
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