LDAP Programming, Management, and Integration

Author: Clayton Donley
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ISBN: 1930110405
Publisher: Manning Publications Company (30 November, 2002)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 31,533
Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5

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Rating: 3 out of 5
Good information, annoying format
I'm waiting for a book on LDAP and directory services that believes the importance of these tools is not self-evident. When a book on this subject that persuades the reader to learn about it comes around, I'll buy two copies.

Clayton Donley, who details his involvement and contributions to the field in the introduction, is an expert; he might even be *the* expert. Certainly he's been called upon over time to promote these technologies and so has refined his understanding on many subtle issues. Thus the book has a comfortable way of introducing new terms and explains individual points well. The code examples are concise and clean. There are several instances, however, where the author assumes a point is self-explanatory when it isn't. Often the material doesn't seem to hold together for want of a short sidebar.

Some chapters seem stitched together from a collection of such notes and lack flow as well. The outline form of the chapters seems contrived, sometimes overwhelming the content. There are a fair number of forward references too, which I found very distracting. I had to use the index or google often enough that I got annoyed. A comprehensive glossary would have been really helpful.

With so many short, excerpt-like elements making up a chapter, I found it hard to focus. I wouldn't call it a promising reference either. While it is still one of the better books on LDAP I've come across, the weaknesses of make me think I won't consult it very often.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Gets you up and running quickly
This has the best explanation on searching I've seen so far; with the Java examples I have already written some sophisticated code to access our LDAP servers. It's thin and to-the-point. I picked this up after reading a glowing recommendation in Dr. Dobb's.

Rating: 5 out of 5
Top Notch coverage of LDAP
Just picked this book up and was very pleasantly surprised at the richness of the code examples (lots of good java) as well as the crisp explanations of directory integration concepts and terminology.

I have used some of Clayton Donley's popular LDAP APIs such as PerLDAP on some of my projects and I thought I'd take a chance on a book written by him.

This is the 5th book in my library on LDAP / Directories and I find his book to be the most current and useful. Mr. Donley devotes quite a few pages to the whole issue of LDAP - XML integration and I was able to apply several of his DSML examples to my current work.

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