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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (Feb. 8 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471316156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471316152
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.9 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #511,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
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.
Bernard
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By Eric Ng on May 23 2002
Format: Paperback
Pros:
- 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.
Cons:
This book is outdated.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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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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By Michael on Oct. 17 2001
Format: Paperback
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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Slightly out of date but very good on the basics.
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By A Customer on June 5 2001
Format: Paperback
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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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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