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Practical Spring LDAP: Enterprise Java LDAP Development Made Easy by Balaji Varanasi

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CHAPTER 1

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Introduction to LDAP

In this chapter, we will discuss:

  • Directory basics
  • LDAP information models
  • LDIF format for representing LDAP data
  • A sample application

We all deal with directories on a daily basis. We use a telephone directory to look up phone numbers. When visiting a library, we use the library catalog to look up the books we want to read. With computers, we use the file system directory to store our files and documents. Simply put, a directory is a repository of information. The information is usually organized in such a way that it can be retrieved easily.

Directories on a network are typically accessed using the client/server ...

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