Peer-to-Peer with VB .NET / Edition 1

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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).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590591055
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 8/7/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 0.90 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew MacDonald is an author,educator, and MCSD developer who has a passion for emerging technologies. He isthe author of more than a dozen books about .NET programming. In a dimly-remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics.

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Table of Contents

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
Index 395
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    Build new p2p applications?

    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.]

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