Chapter 7. Where It All Went Wrong


It was a dark and stormy night.

 --Paul Clifford, Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Implementation is the journey from Theory to Practice. The two extremes, as we have shown, are divided by a vast chasm wherein dwell all the evil monsters from all the cheesy sci-fi TV shows ever produced. For NBT implementors the journey can be perilous, and those who have gone before have blazed a somewhat twisted trail. Here are some of the dangers you will encounter along the way...

The 0x1Dirty Little Secret

Master Browser Servers (which are described later in the book) register unique names with the suffix 0x1D. The WINS server will happily acknowledge such registrations — and then drop them into a black hole and forget about them. ...

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