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Peer-to-peer (P2P)proponents claim that their technology holds the keys to building virtual supercomputers, sharing vast pools of knowledge, and creating self-sufficient communities on the Internet. Peer-to-Peer with VB .NET explores how these design ideas can be integrated into existing .NET applications.
This book is an honest assessment of P2P and .NET. It doesn't just explain how to create P2P applications—it examines the tradeoffs that professional developers will encounter with .NET and P2P. It also considers several different approaches (Remoting, .NET networking, etc.) rather than adopting one fixed technology, and includes detailed examples of several popular P2P application types (messenger, file sharer, and distributed task manager).
|About the Author|
|About the Technical Reviewer|
|Pt. 1||Introducing Peer-to-Peer||1|
|Ch. 1||The Evolution of Peer-to-Peer||3|
|Ch. 2||Peer-to-Peer Architecture||23|
|Pt. 2||Peer-to-Peer with a Coordination Server||33|
|Ch. 3||Remoting Essentials||35|
|Ch. 4||Building a Simple Messenger||71|
|Ch. 5||Threading the Coordination Server||113|
|Ch. 6||Building a Distributed Task Manager||147|
|Pt. 3||Peer-to-Peer with a Discovery Server||187|
|Ch. 7||Networking Essentials||189|
|Ch. 8||Building a Discovery Web Service||215|
|Ch. 9||Building a File Sharer||241|
|Ch. 10||Using a Discovery Service with Remoting||287|
|Pt. 4||Advanced Peer-to-Peer||303|
|Ch. 11||Security and Cryptography||305|
|Ch. 12||Working with Messenger and Groove||335|
|Ch. 13||The Intel Peer-to-Peer Accelerator Kit||365|
Posted July 23, 2004
Say 'peer-to-peer' to the average person and you might get a snide remark about downloading music and the RIAA. But MacDonald makes it very clear that p2p is far more than copyright infringement. He points out, for one thing, that the early design of the Internet itself posits a p2p network. This book is well suited for those of you who might be interested in designing novel p2p applications on the dominant desktop environment. MacDonald gives a good summary of previous p2p applications, like Napster, Freenet and Gnutella. Important because if you are going to innovate, you need to know the prior art. He develops several simple p2p examples, like a file sharer and a messaging system. He shows how to use various VB.NET utilities to handle the networking, freeing you from coding low level details. More efficient use of your time. Of course, the hardest part of the problem is still left to you. Finding and designing a novel and compelling application. This book gives you the tools in VB to do that. One important lesson from the book is that there are degrees of purity in p2p systems. Sometimes, it makes sense to do a pragmatic compromise and have some superpeers that function mostly as servers to the other peers. A p2p hardline developer might decry this, but if it works for you, go ahead. Hopefully, one effect of this book might be to help alter the perception that p2p = illicit. [Sidenote: For a bloke who studied theoretical physics, his maths slips. He says IPv6 will support 1 trillion machines = 10^12. Actually, much, much more. 2^128 ~ 10^36.]Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.