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Hands-On Network Programming with C# and .NET Core

By : Sean Burns
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Hands-On Network Programming with C# and .NET Core

By: Sean Burns

Overview of this book

The C# language and the .NET Core application framework provide the tools and patterns required to make the discipline of network programming as intuitive and enjoyable as any other aspect of C# programming. With the help of this book, you will discover how the C# language and the .NET Core framework make this possible. The book begins by introducing the core concepts of network programming, and what distinguishes this field of programming from other disciplines. After this, you will gain insights into concepts such as transport protocols, sockets and ports, and remote data streams, which will provide you with a holistic understanding of how network software fits into larger distributed systems. The book will also explore the intricacies of how network software is implemented in a more explicit context, by covering sockets, connection strategies such as Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP), asynchronous processing, and threads. You will then be able to work through code examples for TCP servers, web APIs served over HTTP, and a Secure Shell (SSH) client. By the end of this book, you will have a good understanding of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) network stack, the various communication protocols for that stack, and the skills that are essential to implement those protocols using the C# programming language and the .NET Core framework.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)
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Section 1: Foundations of Network Architecture
Section 2: Communicating Over Networks
Section 3: Application Protocols and Connection Handling
Section 4: Security, Stability, and Scalability
Section 5: Advanced Subjects

Packets and Streams

This chapter will build upon the discussion in Chapter 3, Communication Protocols, of network architecture to trace the flow of data across a network, and break down the software you will write in C# to handle the data at each step in the process. We will explain the encapsulation of data into minimal packets for network transmission, and how that encapsulation helps to ensure that packets are delivered to the correct destination and are decoded properly. We will explain the concept of a data stream as a serialized sequence of discrete packets, and demonstrate the various ways that serialization can be executed in C#. Finally, we will demonstrate a variety of abstractions exposed by the System.IO namespace for handling streams.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Understanding how data moves through a network, and how the various layers of...