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Client/Server Survival Guide Paperback – Feb 8 1999
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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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- 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.
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.
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.
I loved the humorous cartoons that aptly describe the concepts and keeps us from falling asleep.
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 ?
For novices, this book is an excellent source for knowing the client/server architecture, 2-tier and above.
As a person experienced in client/server development this book gave an understanding of basics of application layer from a theoritical perspective.
This book has to be read many times and the readers will feel the need to refer to certain topics as the need arises. I have to caution the readers that this book is not meant to be read once.
A client/server system consists of a) presentation layer b) application layer c) database layer.
This books touches on topics on all the three layers In presentation layer, it deals with GUI/OOUI/non-GUI clients. In application layer, transaction processing (transaction management) is described in great detail. In the database layer, major database vendors are discussed (I feel this may not be useful for those of us already familiar with database management systems).
Messaging components (I tend to include TP monitors in this category too) are discussed that form the core part of application layer component.
The book discusses numerous other topics such as datawarehousing (OLAP, EIS, DSS), CORBA (excellent material to understand from a high-level perspective), object databases (I really liked this part because of my experience in RDBMS) and distributed objects and management.
I would highly recommend this book for those of you out there waiting to know more about client/server architecture.
A well-respected guru recommended this book. I worried that I should complete my Java 2 certification preparations before I invested the time to read it, but these were misplaced worries. The knowledge this book gave me about the world of objects, ORBs, and Internet technologies definitely prepares me for the future. By the way - when I read that one of the authors worked for BEA Systems, another for IBM, I was a little worried that author biases might creep in. Again, misplaced worries.
Frankly, this is the best technology book I've ever read. The editing is superb, the illustrations illuminating, the insights terrific
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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... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2003 by bernard Languillier
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2002 by J. Norenberg
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. Read morePublished on 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. Read morePublished on June 4 2001 by Carlos Ruiz
I cannot express my disappointment enough. This book was a required buy for my SAIT college class... what a waste. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2001 by pingu penguin
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 morePublished on Feb. 9 2001 by Lorenzo Lopez-Sancho Abraham
Althpough written back in the 20th century you will find a better overview how the distributed, client/server, Web world works and functions. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2000 by STEPHAN AMSBARY
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