Chapter 8

LDAP and Web Services

Introduction

Chapter 6 suggested several ways of integrating directory services into applications. Most programming languages have libraries that allow direct communication with directory servers. This chapter focuses on the collaboration of two different protocols: the LDAP protocol and the HTTP protocol.

The user-friendly HTTP is the language spoken on the Internet, used almost exclusively for communicating between Web servers and Web browsers. In contrast, LDAP is not very user friendly. However, LDAP is the ideal solution for directory applications, such as the frequently cited example of the “white pages.”

In Chapter 6, we saw application programming interfaces (API) as one way of shielding the user from the ...

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