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WebDav: Next-Generation Collaborative Web Authoring (Prentice Hall Series in Computer Networking and Distributed)by Lisa Dusseault
Synopses & Reviews
Praise for WebDAV: Next-Generation Web Authoring:
"WebDAV combines the ease of use of a file system with the global reach of the Web-and this is the book that will tell you how to use it."
—Clay Shirky, Internet technology consultant
"Lisa Dusseault has unparalleled WebDAV expertise and deep protocol implementation experience. This book is a critical resource for those seeking to understand and leverage WebDAV's potential, providing the most in-depth coverage of WebDAV available anywhere."
—Jim Whitehead, co-designer of WebDAV
"WebDAV extends the underlying communication framework of the Web, HTTP, to support the essential components of sharing. With an organized, clear style, this book explains not only what WebDAV is and how it works, but also its role in a wide variety of Internet applications. A tour de force."
—Larry Masinter, chair, HTTP Working Group, and principal scientist, Adobe Systems
"Until now, anyone who wanted to understand WebDAV had to wade through dozens of Web pages, several complicated standards, and messages from many mailing lists. This book gathers all the relevant information into one complete and easy-to-read reference."
—Greg Stein, author of mod_dav, Apache Foundation chairman
The definitive guide to WebDAV authoring, management, and publishing.
Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) is the IETF standard protocol for Web site authoring and wide area collaboration. WebDAV's document sharing and management services make it the ideal platform for Internet file and data management applications. This comprehensive book covers the WebDAV protocol from the bits on the wire all the way to custom application design and implementation.
Experienced WebDAV implementer Lisa Dusseault not only provides a complete description of WebDAV but also illustrates that behavior with numerous examples and protocol traces from real clients and servers. The author covers each protocol feature, first explaining how it works and then illustrating its use in a live implementation. In each case, the author describes not only how the protocol was supposed to work, but how it actually does, with attention to the steps required to make a working implementation.
This book delivers crucial details needed by application designers, software engineers, and information managers:
Detailed coverage of the first standard for collaborative, real-time Web authoring.
WebDAV: Next-Generation Collaborative Web Authoring is the complete guide to Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV), the IETF standard for Web authoring and wide area collaboration. Experienced implementer Lisa Dusseault covers WebDAV from bits on the wire up to custom application implementation, demonstrating with extensive examples and traces from real clients and servers. Coverage includes: practical rules for building WebDAV document management systems; step-by-step, Internet Explorer compatible sample applications; and the latest WebDAV tools. For application designers, software engineers, and information managers.
About the Author
LISA DUSSEAULT is co-chair of the WebDAV working group and a major contributor to the WebDAV standard. She is Director of Server Development at Xythos Software, Inc., where she is responsible for development of Xythos's WebDAV server.
Table of Contents
What Is Authoring? Third-Generation Web Authoring. WebDAV History. Requirements and Scenarios. Extended Example, Concepts, and Terminology. What WebDAV Is and Is Not. Roles for WebDAV. Summary.
2. History of Web and Collaborative Authoring.
A Brief History of Web Authoring. Network-Enabled Web Authoring Tools. The Standards Revolution in Web Authoring. HTTP, Pre-WebDAV. The File Transfer Protocol. WebDAV for Sharing Documents. Summary.
3. HTTP Mechanics.
URLs. Message Structure. HTTP Methods. HTTP ETags. Beyond the Request/Response Model. HTTP Security. HTTP Headers. Summary.
4. Data Model.
Basic Components. URLs and WebDAV Resources. Using the Hierarchy. Metadata. Locks. Summary.
5. WebDAV Modifications to HTTP.
WebDAV URLs and Feature Discovery. New Response Status Codes. GET. PUT. DELETE. Summary.
6. WebDAV Hierarchy Operations.
Why WebDAV Defines New Methods. MKCOL: Create Collection. MOVE. COPY. Summary.
7. Property Operations.
Property Representation. PROPFIND. PROPPATCH. How Properties Are Stored. Required Properties. Summary.
8. Lock Operations.
Lock Tokens. LOCK Method. UNLOCK Method. Using Locked Resources. Lock-Related Properties. Client Responsibilities. Lock Interactions. Problems with Lock-Null Resources. Summary.
9. Putting the Pieces Together.
Scenario Walk-Through. Open Web Folder. Create a Folder. Create a New File. Editing a File. Close the File. Copy to Publishing Directory. Publish Document. Summary.
10. WebDAV Products and Tools.
Client Software. Server Software. Services. Compliance Tests. Summary.
Introduction to Versioning. Core Versioning. Editing Version-Controlled Resources. Labels. Using Existing WebDAV Methods with Versioning. Using Non-DeltaV Clients. Version Trees. Multiple Checkouts with Working Resources. Checkout Determinism. DeltaV Special Mechanisms. Summary.
12. Multifile Versioning.
Workspaces. Change Sets. Branches. MERGE. History of Multiple Resources. Other Feature Interactions. DeltaV Features and Packages. Summary.
13. Access Control.
What Is Access Control? Getting Access Control Information. Setting Access Control Information. Principals. Standardization Challenges. Summary.
14. Custom WebDAV Applications.
Online Photo Album. Email and Calendaring. Presence and Instant Messaging. Pacific National Laboratories. Other Application Ideas. Summary.
15. Designing WebDAV Applications.
Metadata Usage. Performance Considerations. Security Considerations. Technology Considerations. Deployment Considerations. Summary.
Appendix A: Microsoft and Windows Tips.
Supporting Legacy Windows Applications. Internet Explorer Tips. Microsoft WebDAV.
Appendix B: HTTP Status Codes.
Informational Status Codes. Success Status Codes. Redirect Status Codes. Client Failure Status Codes. Server Failure Status Codes. References.
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