IPv6 Socket API Extensions: Programmer's Guide covers the IPv6 application programming intercfaces (API) extensions and enhancements that have been made to the socket APIs. The book begins with a brief overview of the API specifications along with sample code usage. Then an explanation of the internal kernel implementation that realizes the services offered by the API sets is detailed. Also descriptions of several standard user libraries that have been extended or created to support IPV6 are reviewed. Includes various examples which illustrate how to write portable applications that can run on either IPv4 or IPv6 networks. Succinct treatment of everything you need know to get up and running with IPv6 socket programming in one affordable volume.

Key Features

  • Provides a detailed introduction to the IETF standards for IPv6 APIs
  • Includes extensive line-by-line code sets with meticulous explanations of their implementation
  • Numerous diagrams and illustrations to aid in fully understanding the socket APIs


Software developers, network programmers, and systems programmers who want to learn about and implement IPv6 Sockets APIs and related protocols in a network environment.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 The Basic Socket API—[RFC3493]

3 The Advanced Socket API—[RFC3542]

4 Kernel Implementation of IPv6 Socket APIs

5 Socket Options and Ancillary Data Examples

6 Implementation of Library Functions—libinet6


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© 2009
Morgan Kaufmann
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