Chapter 2: An Overview of the Socket API

The previous chapter focused on modeling the design space of networked application communication, which provides many opportunities to address inherent complexities. This chapter starts delving into the solution space, beginning with the most common interprocess communication (IPC) mechanism: sockets. We describe the Socket API and its use with TCP/IP, followed by an analysis of common accidental complexities encountered when developers program their networked applications using native OS APIs.

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