Frequently Recommended Internet Programming Books

Internet-enable your programs: Sockets, Winsock, POP3, MIME, HTTP, FTP, etc

Frequently Recommended Internet Programming Books

In today's world, few programmers can ignore the Internet. Many applications today need to interact with the Internet in some way, even if it is merely to send bug reports, or to download a newer version of itself for upgrading purposes. Other programs are full fledged Internet programs, requiring the use of the various Internet protocols such as HTTP, FTP, POP3, SMTP, NNTP, etc. Check out these frequently recommended books for tutorials and references on this topic.

Note that these books are (obviously) not free. You may obtain them from any local bookstore or order them from an online store like The links below point to the same item in the Amazon website, where there are typically some reviews from other readers too.

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Frequently Recommended Sockets and Winsock Books

Unix Network Programming: Networking Apis: Sockets and Xti (Volume 1)

Written by W Richard Stevens, the second edition of his famous book deals with sockets programming, and covers not just Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) but also the new Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). If you want to write client/server programs, or any program that use sockets (such as programs that access the Internet) you can't afford not to have this book. The first edition probably trained a whole generation of Internet programmers. While the book is primarily written for the Unix programmer, most of the stuff written here are directly relevant for other platforms (including Windows) as well. It's a "must-have" for its value as both a tutorial and detailed reference.

Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol. III, Client-Server Programming and Applications - BSD Socket Version

Douglas E Comer's and David L Stevens' second edition of this book is a very readable book, making it an excellent tutorial for the person trying to get started on writing applications that use TCP/IP. It is a good companion to W Richard Steven's Unix Network Programming (see elsewhere on this page) which covers essentially the same ground in greater detail. This edition is for the Unix programmer. If you are writing for Windows, check elsewhere on this page for his Windows edition.

Internetworking with TCP/IP: Client-Server Programming and Applications: Windows Sockets Version

Like its Unix counterpart, this volume, by Douglas E Comer and David L Stevens deals with the writing of software that uses TCP/IP. It is very readable, making it an excellent tutorial for learning how to program Windows sockets.

TCP for Transactions, HTTP, NNTP, and the UNIX(R) Domain Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 3)

This book by W Richard Stevens is useful to people who wish to write programs for the Internet dealing with protocols like HTTP, NNTP, UDP, etc. Unlike volumes I and II, which dealt with low level stuff, this book deals with application level protocols. As you have probably guessed by now, I'm quite a fan of W Richard Stevens' books. They have solid content, good examples, clear explanations, etc.

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