LDAP Programming, Management and Integration
Clayton Donley
  • November 2002
  • ISBN 9781930110403
  • 352 pages

LDAP is the leading Internet protocol for directory-like information: user identities, preferences, security privileges. etc. Because it is popular, most programming languages have handy extensions for searching and updating LDAP directories. But most information today is still locked away in application-specific repositories that lack LDAP access.

LDAP Programming, Management and Integration explains how to link non-LDAP data with LDAP directories. It starts with a concise introduction to the LDAP standard and discusses how to work with it in Java and Perl. It gives you practicalcode and advice for migrating and integrating data into an LDAP environment. And it explains how to increase your application's security using identity and profile information from LDAP repositories.

Table of Contents show full

Part I Fundamental LDAP concepts

1. Introduction to LDAP

2. Understanding the LDAP information model

3. Exploring the LDAP namespace

4. Search criteria

5. Exchanging directory information

Part II LDAP management

6. Accessing LDAP directories with Perl

7. Managing directory entries, groups, and accounts

8. Synchronizing LDAP information

9. Accessing operational information in LDAP

10. DSML: getting under the hood

Part III Application integration

11. Accessing LDAP directories with JNDI

12. Java programming with DSML

13. Application security and directory services

Appendix A: Standard schema reference

Appendix B: PerLDAP


What's inside

  • Migrating to standards-based directories
  • Directory synchronization
  • Authenticating and authorizing users
  • Security with digital certificates
  • How to work with XML's DSML v1 and v2
  • Accessing directories with Perl
  • How JNDI enables you to add:
    • Security
    • Personalization
    • White pages
  • Covers LDAPv3

About the reader

Written for programmers and system administrators, this book teaches clearly and honestly the LDAP practiced "in the trenches." It is concise yet rich in practical examples that make a sometimes complex subject easy to understand.

About the author

Clayton Donley, the co-author of a number of open-source LDAP modules for Perl and Apache, is an independent consultant based in the Chicago area. His clients include Netscape, GTE, and ABN-AMRO. Prior to going independent, he spent seven years in various information technology roles working for Motorola in both the Chicago area and the Asia-Pacific region.

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