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Client/Server Survival Guide [Paperback]

Robert Orfali , Dan Harkey , Jeri Edwards
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Feb. 8 1999 0471316156 978-0471316152 3
The #1 Client/Server book, now completely updated and expanded!

"It's savvy, informative, and entertaining as anything you are likely to read on the subject. Client/server isn't one technology but many- remote SQL, TP, message-oriented groupware, distributed objects, and so on. Like the proverbial blind man feeling the elephant, most of us have a hard time seeing the whole picture. The authors succeed brilliantly in mapping the elephant."-John Udell, Byte, "Winner, JOLT Product Excellence Award."-Software Development

"The scope and depth of topics covered in the Guide, with its straightforward and often humorous delivery, make this book required reading for anyone who deals with computers in today's corporate environment."-Bob Gallagher, PC Week

"Absolutely the finest book on client/server on the market today. It's got great advice, and is well written and fun to read."-Richard Finkelstein

The critics agree-this is the best source for anyone looking to understand and make informed decisions about client/server technology. In this Third Edition of their award-winning book, authors Orfali, Harkey, and Edwards combine detailed technical explanations with their unique brand of offbeat humor, clever cartoons, controversial soapboxes, and witty quotes to inform, educate, and entertain.

This information-packed Survival Guide takes you on a sweeping tour of the world of client/server. From operating systems and communications, to application servers that incorporate database, transaction processing, groupware, and objects, to the Internet and the World Wide Web and their role in the new generation of client/server and object management, this book covers it all.

In their other lives: Robert Orfali and Dan Harkey head San Jose State University's Client/Server and Distributed Objects Master's program and lab. Dan also works for IBM as a distributed objects consultant. Jeri Edwards is Vice President of Strategy and Product Planning at BEA Systems.

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Books on client/server computing are often dry and academic. Not so with the Client/Server Survival Guide, now in its third edition. The trio of authors--Jeri Edwards, Dan Harkey and Robert Orfali--make the topic interesting with a down-to-earth style that covers the informational landscape without boring the reader to tears. Numerous non-technical diagrams drive home important concepts quickly.

The first part consists of a comprehensive overview of client/server computing. In this critical introduction, the authors discuss the paradigm, the various flavours of servers and the basics of two-tier and three-tier architectures. They also discuss how the client/server works in the real world and introduce the concepts of LAN, WAN, and other connection topologies.

Next, the authors introduce you to the various operating systems, the concept of middleware, and communication protocols. They present a forward-looking discussion of network operating systems, followed by several chapters on SQL database servers and transaction processing. With the database foundation laid, the authors then present client/server groupware with a look at popular solutions such as Lotus Notes, Domino 5, and Novell GroupWise.

The text continues with discussions of object standards such as CORBA and DCOM, as well as an introduction to object databases and their potential for distributed computing. The Internet is then covered by way of a wide-ranging discussion of Web-based client/server computing. And this unique title wraps up with an acronym-packed look at client/server and distributed system management standards and a glimpse of the future of client/server architecture. --Stephen W Plain


Absolutely the finest book on client/server on the market today. It's got great advice, and is well written and fun to read. -- Richard Finkelstein

The scope and depth of topics covered in the Guide, with its straight-forward and often humorous delivery, make this required reading for anyone who deals with computers in today's corporate environment. -- Bob Gallagher, PC Week

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I found this book very interesting 1.5 years ago when I read it. Partially because there was a very good match between what was written in there, and what I could hear around me in the work place.
Time has passed, and I hear less and less talk about CORBA (except in negative terms), and more and more talk about Websphere (based on some technologies explained in the book also - I have to say)...
The third edition remains mostly interesting, but it is now more of a book providing background information, rather than a book providing cutting edge info and likely to help people make choices for the future.
I am impatiently waiting for the fourth edition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book May 23 2002
By Eric Ng
- Easy to understand
This book explains technical concepts in simple english and gives analog to things we are familiar with. Most books out there "talks greek" and present technical concepts in a way that is more complicated than they actually are.
- Breadth
I have been in the IT line for more than ten years and I can say that the breadth covered is simply astounding eg. user interface,
web server, application server, databases, remote procedure call, message passing.
- Depth
The important parts of a topic is covered in sufficient depth to allow us to have a overview of the subject without being deeply buried and lost in the details. If further details on any topic is required, one can always look up the other books. We just need a good overview here.
- Humor
I loved the humorous cartoons that aptly describe the concepts and keeps us from falling asleep.
- Organization
The topics are well organized with similar concepts grouped under a common heading with subheadings and so on. Most books out there group multiple large concepts under one heading (with no subheadings) making it harder to read and bookmark.
This book is outdated. We need to know where does microsoft .net framework fits in. Is COM/COM+ dead ? Who is winning - .net or CORBA ? What about new standards such as SOAP ? What does microsoft new language C# brings to the world of client/server ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Covers A Lot, Easy to Understand Feb. 18 2002
If you are not familiar with the Client/Server and Web programming jargon and/or are having trouble figuring out how all of the pieces fit together, this book is for you.
You'll need to get past some of the 'cuteness' that the authors use to make their points. However, they cover the topic soup to nuts in a way that you will understand going forward.
I picked up the first edition of the book by accident when I was trying to figure out fat client server computing and subsequently bought the other two versions to get more overview and to use as a desk reference (i.e. I had to explain the concept of ACID properties of transactions and needed a brush up)
Lastly, if your manager is non-technical, do yourself a favor and get him/her a copy of this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars SAVE YOUR MONEY! Oct. 17 2001
By Michael
I found this book to be both a waste of money and my valuable time. I was looking for an intermediate to advance level treatment of client server systems. I was utterly disappointed. This book attempts to start from the very basic fundamentals and delve into the more advanced concepts. It miserably fails at its task. For the intermediate to advanced level readers, it fails to deliver what they were expecting. For example, 80%+ of each chapter is devoted to covering the basic terminology and the remainder tries to touch base on the various technologies. I found the coverage to lack detail and completeness. If you happen to be a begginer at the subject matter, you may be even more disappointed. Skimming through the fundemantals, I was surprised to find the basics were explained in terms of the advanceds. For instance, middleware was explained in terms of its utility in transaction integrity and load balancing. Anyone who understands transaction integrity and load balancing doesn't need an explanation of middleware. He/she would most likely be interested in specific methodologies. And, anyone who doesn't know what middleware is, most likely will not know what transaction integrity and load balancing mean. This book is full of such, let's say, logical inconsistency. ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, easy read, dated. Oct. 4 2001
By D. Hill
Slightly out of date but very good on the basics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference and overall perspective June 5 2001
By A Customer
You won't become an expert in anything with this book. It is a great overview on where we are today in client/server technology. Not too techie, but not an insult for those with double-digit experience in the mainframe arena. The authors have made it tolerable enough to read 10 pages without dozing off and hitting your head on the desk. I have made this a reference book rather than trying to plod through it from beginning to end. I don't know every acronym and am curious about other technologies that we currently aren't using at work. I'm a project leader and value the clear descriptions with just enough information to ask the right questions at a meeting or know whether to further pursue a more detailed write-up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to learn the lingo! June 4 2001
I purchased this book to use it for a college course and I may say that it was very good specially if you want to learn how all this Inet thing really works. Only thing I disliked about it was that there were TOO MANY acronyms that I had to go back and forth to see what they were. If you can overcome that, then this book is for you. :)
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book was absolutely TERRIBLE!
I cannot express my disappointment enough. This book was a required buy for my SAIT college class... what a waste. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2001 by pingu penguin
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive guide to the Client/Server world
It's a really great book, that covers in detail all the aspects of the client server world. I'd would really recommend this book to anyone who needs to learn about this changing... Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2001 by Lorenzo Lopez-Sancho Abraham
5.0 out of 5 stars A True C/S Web Survial Guide
Althpough written back in the 20th century you will find a better overview how the distributed, client/server, Web world works and functions. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2000 by STEPHAN AMSBARY
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Client/Server in the market.
This book is for client/server novices and those with experience in client/server development.
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Published on Aug. 22 2000 by Ramsundar Lakshminarayanan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Client/Server Rookies.
I am involved as a user coordinator in my company's project on replacing a mainframe with client/server architecture. Read more
Published on July 16 2000 by paul_cheng
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent big picture book with the right amount of details
Having worked in the IT industry for over 16 years, I've seen the insides of many large and small companies. Read more
Published on April 24 2000 by Dave Blankenship
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