LDAP : Programming Directory-Enabled Apps
||Author: Mark Smith, Timothy A. Howes|
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Publisher: Que (01 March, 1997)
Edition: Textbook Binding
Sales Rank: 20,805
Average Customer Rating: 3.36 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 2 out of 5
Hmmm...OK but not as comprehensive as desired
Since the amount of books dealing with LDAP is still rather thin, I eagerly anticipated the arrival of this one in hopes that it would help cement my understanding of the topic. I fully-realized that this was a programmer-centric book and as a programmer had no reservations along those lines. My hesitancy was based upon the publisher, New Riders. Unlike O'Reilly, Addison-Wesley or Prentice-Hall, my experience wtth New Riders-published books has been spotty at best.
Nevertheless, I plunged forward and made the purchase in the hopes that the authors (co-authors of the LDAP spec) would be another Kernighan and Ritchie-type duo.
Very little background (and I consider it to be essential) is presented on LDAP. Instead, the authors plunge immediately into code examples. Futhermore, the URLs shown in the code don't work (granted the book was published in 1997). In short terms, there's not much here that can't be gleaned from the man pages or looking at the OpenLDAP source code.
The saving grace of the book reside in the appendices and in chapter 17, "Using the Copmmand Line LDAP Tools". These pages alone (and they constitute a good chunk of the book's volume) are sufficient to make my investment in this volume not wasted. It is hoped that the authors update this title. As recognized authorities on LDAP, they have the means to produce *the* canonical volume on ths subject.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Good intro, but not much more
One day I was told I needed to learn LDAP, so I ran out and got this book. The first three chapters basically told me what I needed to know. The rest wasn't as helpful, and I ended up on the web answering questions for myself.
I had a hard time getting the referenced LDAP distribution running, and once I did I found other resources to be of more service. It helped me get a base prototype running, but if I had to develop an LDAP system for production use, I'd probably just buy a package rather than build one myself (and using this book for reference.) My time is more valuable that this.
Its too bad they can't just roll the first three chapters into a far cheaper book. In the end that was the most valuable part, and you could have easily published that content on the web.
Get a used version, or borrow a friend's.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Excellent LDAP source
This is an excellent starter for LDAP client programming. It has a good reference section and good example code.
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