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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

Streams, Threads, and Asynchronous Data

With the resources available to us to start working with sending network requests, we need to look at how we can best incorporate those requests into our applications. We'll need to work with those resources in a way that won't impact the performance of our application's business logic or our user's experience. So, in this chapter, we'll look at how we can process data streams in such a way as to be resilient and non-blocking to the rest of our application's performance.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Understanding the nature of I/O streams in C#, and how to write to, read from, and manage open streams
  • How different I/O streams expose access to different types of data, and how the parent Stream class simplifies the use of those distinct stream types
  • The potential performance cost of processing...