"The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is the
Internet standard for directory services. Perl provides one of the
best tools you can use to build LDAP-based applications. In this
article we're going to learn how to use Perl to search LDAP
"A directory service is specialized database that has been
optimized for read access. The data that is contained in a
directory service is usually the type of data that is accessed more
often than it's updated (things like password databases, DNS
tables, etc). A directory is usually organized in a hierarchical
fashion as opposed to a relational format. Finally a directory
service generally is designed so that it can be easily distributed
across different servers."
"Directory services provide us with the ability to provide all
sorts of services such as a network email address book, ability to
provide single sign-on or manage networked devices like
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