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WebRTC Blueprints Paperback – May 15 2014
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This book has an excellent path of progression through it chapters that walks you through the myriad nooks and crannies of the WebRTC as a framework. At no point did i feel the author has shirked away from dealing with parts that could be tougher nut to crack. And so instead of filling on pages and content with the really easy and appealing stuff, the author delves deeper into more intricate territories of authentication, security and the best part about the STUN / TURN.
I have to say that reading the book has left me wiser and not to mention the source code and the practical implementation guidelines, has helped a lot in making my understanding a lot better than where i was when i picked the book.
Aha ... shouldn't i mention my grouse even if its a minor one. The choice of ERLANG as the programming language. While it serve the purpose and i know of large scale projects implemented on it, still i would have preferred a more mainstream language like NODE.JS. Maybe i was searching for copy+paste implementation for my projects.
If you accustomed to feel a paper brick in your hands, imaging guide book on a new technology, this is not the case. I like that, because I don’t need to filter key info from the background. Normally it takes a lot of precious time. But don’t be afraid, the author will not leave you with a page code chunk followed by a two line explanation. On the contrary, special feature of the text is that code is divided in small pieces and everything is explained step-by-step.
I'm wary of books that just skip sharp edges, to make image smoother. That's not the case here; the author goes into all details about network programming from the beginning to final destination, commenting and explaining every single step, not silencing important open issues.
I highly recommend this hardcore practical guide to anyone who wants reliably start with WebRTC in a shortest possible time.
--Gennadiy Kozhushok, MSE Computer Science, Information Technology Consultant
This book will introduce you with WebRTC closer and provide maximally understandable and full instruction on how you can make own application based on WebRTC framework.
First of all «WebRTC Blueprints» intended for wide range of readers. Of course you should have minimal basic knowledge nevertheless I think most part of people who associate themselves with the programming easily can deal with the building of their own applications.
On the other hand this book can help experienced programmers easy create chat for support of customers or create secure video conference or file sharing service for corporate site.
As I mentioned WebRTC framework it is free and safe alternative for famous connection services but moreover this technology is becoming more popular and also will be increasingly popular in the labor market programmers owning it.
In my opinion this book is an example of simplicity and convenience of education material dedicated to web technologies. «WebRTC Blueprints» totally worth the money you spend on it as it will give you the opportunity to save money on costly communication channels without losing your data security, the time to resolve compatibility problems of different frameworks and additional knowledge that you can actively use in the future.
I would re-arrange some of the chapters though. For example, the Introductory sections in Chapter 2, I believe, should be at the beginning of Chapter 1.
The downside to this book is that the author assumes a certain level of Unix/Linux expertise. This book is definitely not for anyone at the beginner level. But, if you know what WebRTC or HTML5 is, then you should have some Unix experience under your belt. If its been awhile, then this is a good way to get reacquainted.
I highly recommend this book. Again, it really does cover everything you'll need and how to do it. Depending on how much time you've got and your level of expertise, you could actually have a WebRTC Service up and running in a day to a week.
It gives you step by step instructions using each element of the WebRTC API, to help you bring it all together at the end. WebRTC Blueprints takes it one step further by including mobile into the mix. Mobile still has a long way to go but it a good starting point for those interested in building native applications using WebRTC.
Overall, I am pleased with WebRTC Blueprints and recommend it as read after you are familiar with WebRTC.
--Lantre Barr, Founder & CEO of Blacc Spot Media - A WebRTC Development Agency in Atlanta, Ga