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LDAP Programming with Java™ by Tony Dahbura, Rob Weltman

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Why should the employee information in the directory be limited to phone numbers, user names, and passwords? A natural extension of the phone book and authentication engine concepts is to use the directory as a central access point for application information (such as user preferences), as opposed to just the information that users want to see.

Consider a situation in which a new employee arrives at a large company. The employee fills out various forms with all her name, address, and other information, and a member of the Human Resources (HR) Department types the information into the HR database.

One of the forms that the new employee filled out goes to the Information Systems (IS) Department. Someone in IS reads the form and ...

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