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TheLinuxGurus.org: Linux Socket Programming by Example [Book Review]

Jun 14, 2000, 07:20 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to David Culp for this link. ]

"I have wanted to learn socket programming for quite sometime now. I have always had this idea of making a clone of the board-game "Starfleet Battles" for Linux. Of course it could not be called Starfleet Battles and of course it could not use the same rules but the concept would be similar, a massive starship tactical war game played over a network. I lacked any experience at network programming however and until recently had not done much with Linux graphics programming. Well, I went off and learned SVGA programming under Linux and now I have learned basic socket programming, so I guess I have no more excuses (except I cannot draw!!). This book really helped me grasp socket programming through its explanations and example code. The book only covers socket programming in C, you are expected to already be familiar with C before beginning the book."

"Each chapter in structured in the same general way, concepts/functions are introduced with a discussion of how each works and why the function is needed. One the relevant concepts and functions are introduced with through explanations they are used in an example program. The example program is then broken down on a nearly line by line basis and completely explained. I found the example code to be highly readable and straightforward, no tricks here. The pattern then repeats itself until the end of the book. All the example programs are stand-alone programs, no code snippets and incomplete examples. The final chapter presents a complete network project from planning to completion. The example is a stock quote client and server. The server retrieves a list of stock quotes from a source and the clients can connect to the server to retrieve those quotes. There is no CD-ROM included with the book, however all of the books example code can be downloaded from http://www.mcp.com/que/sourcecode_que.cfm?item=0789722410 NOT from http://www.quecorp.com/series/by_example/ as stated in the book."

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