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MySQL™ and JSP™ Web Applications: Data-Driven Programming Using Tomcat and MySQL by James Turner

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The LDAP Schema

Like SQL, the heart of LDAP is a schema (or set of schemas). An LDAP schema defines what kind of data will be stored and how it's organized. For example, you might have a schema object called a person that stores information such as last name and title.

What makes LDAP powerful is that every entry in an LDAP database has a uniquely identified type or set of types. Because the schemas are globally registered, and because every datum is associated with one or more universally unique type identifiers, you know that if an object has the person object class, you'll be able to ask for the givenName attribute to get the first name. Moreover, because each datum reports its type(s), and because you can get schema definitions from the LDAP ...

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