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Resource List: Open Software Foundation's Distributed Computing Environment (DCE ) GETTING STARTED WITH DCE: INFORMATION RESOURCES

from the Center for Information Technology Integration, University of Michigan This document provides a list of information resources, including: * Documentation * Periodicals * Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, and the Web * CITI Technical Reports * OSF/DCE SIGs * Consortia and User Groups * Vendor Lists OSF Documentation Set: --------------------o Introduction to OSF DCE--provides an overview of DCE and serves as an introduction to the rest of the DCE documentation. It also contains a DCE Glossary. o User's Guide and Reference--presents task and reference material for the DCE end user. o Administration Guide--provides conceptual and task-oriented information on core components and extended services for the DCE administrator. o Administration Reference--provides reference material for commands needed by the DCE administrator. o Application Development Guide--is targeted for the distributed application programmer and provides conceptual and task-oriented information for developing an application using DCE. o Application Development Reference--contains reference material for the DCE programming interfaces and commands needed by the DCE programmer. o Porting and Testing Guide--describes the DCE code and documentation source trees, porting issues, and how to test ported and rebuilt software. o Release Notes--describes a given version of DCE software, the accompanying documentation, and building code. o Application Environment Specification/Distributed Computing--specifies the interfaces, services, and protocols making up the core components of the DCE offering.

Ordering OSF Documentation: -------------------------o In the US: Natalie Tarbet OSF, Cambridge, Mass. (617) 621-8762; fax: (617) 621-0631 o In Europe: Christine Mambourg OSF, Brussels +32-2-772-8888; fax: +32-2-772-9228 o In the Pacific Region: Haruyo Nogami OSF, Tokyo +813-3479-4740; fax: +813-3479-4760 DCE documentation is usually shipped with vendor products. Vendors typically ship a complete set online documentation. Hard copy documents are usually sold at additional cost. The OSF sells complete sets of documentation, consisting of 14 volumes and costing $525. These volumes contain the equivalent content to the online documentation included on the DCE 1.0.3 tapes. The three volumes of specifications (AES) can be purchased separately for $100, plus shipping. The DME Distributed Services Component documentation set is now available from OSF and costs $100 per set, plus $20 for shipping. Prentice-Hall Documentation Set: ------------------------------o Contains roughly the same material as the OSF documentation set. o Thoroughly edited to improve readability. o Reflects DCE 1.0.1, except for the Administration Guide, which reflects 1.0.2. o Next edition to reflect 1.1. For ordering information, call (515) 284-6751. The Prentice-Hall set includes: -Introduction to OSF DCE; ISBN 0-13-490624-1; $26.00

-DCE Administration Reference; ISBN 0-13-643818-0; $42.00 -DCE User's Guide and Reference; ISBN 0-13-643842-3; $26.00 -DCE Application Development Guide; ISBN 0-13-643826-1; $49.00 -DCE Application Development Reference; ISBN 0-13-643834-2 $50.00 -DCE Administration Guide: > Vol. 1: Introduction; ISBN 0-13-176546-9; $38.00 > Vol. 2: Core Components; ISBN 0-13-176553-1; $38.00 > Vol. 3: Extended Services; ISBN 0-13-176561-2; $45.00 -Application Environment Specification/ Distributed Computing RPC Volume; ISBN 0-13-043688-7; $42.00 O'Reilly Documentation: ---------------------o Understanding DCE is a technical and conceptual overview of OSF's DCE for programmers, technical managers, and marketing and sales people. This book focuses on how DCE can be used to accomplish typical programming tasks and helps the reader understand all the parts of DCE. ISBN 1-56592-005-8 ($24.95) o Guide to Writing DCE Applications is a hands-on programming guide to DCE for first-time DCE application programmers. ISBN 1-56592-045-7 ($29.95) o Power Programming With RPC is written from a programmer's perspective and shows the user how RPC can be used to break large, complex programming problems into routines that can be executed independently using a form of parallel or multiprocessing. ISBN 0-937175-77-3 ($29.95) o Distributing Applications Across DCE and Windows/NT shows the programmer how to develop an application that simultaneously runs on DCE and Microsoft systems through RPCs. ISBN 1-56592-047-3 ($24.95) o DNS and BIND provides a complete explanation of the Domain Name System (DNS) and BIND, its UNIX implementation. ISBN 1-56592-010-4 ($29.95) o For ordering information, call (800) 998-9938 or (707) 829-0515. E-mail at O'Reilly

can also be reached at the URL: or at: - gopher - xgopher -xrm "" - telnet (login: gopher; no password) Other Documentation: ------------------o Business perspective of client-server computing: - Implementing Client/Server Computing: A Strategic Perspective, Bernard H. Boar, McGraw-Hill, 1993 o Technical perspective: - OSF DCE: Guide to Developing Distributed Applications, H.W. Lockhart, Jr., McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-911481-4 - Client/Server Architecture, Alex Berson, McGrawHill, 1992 - DCE: The OSF Distributed Computing Environment: Client/Server Model, and Beyond, Proceedings of the International Workshop on DCE, 1993 Lecture Notes in computer Science #731, Springer-Verlag, ISBN 3-540-57306-2 - Essential Client/Server Survival Guide, Harkey and Edwards, Van Nostrand Reinhold, ISBN 0-442-001941-6 Kerberos Documentation: ---------------------o Kerberos Authentication and Authorization System, Miller, Neuman, and Saltzer, Section E.2.1, M.I.T. Project Athena, 1987. o "Kerberos: An Authentication Service for Open Network Systems," pp. 191-202 in the Usenix Conference Proceedings, February, 1988. Periodicals: ----------Open Systems Today (semimonthly): (708) 647-6834; fax (708) 647-6838. Free to qualified professionals in

Open Systems/UNIX user organizations. Subscription rate for all others in the U.S. and Canada is $79.00 for one year. Network World (weekly): (508) 820-7444. Free to qualified management or professionals who specify and maintain communications equipment. Subscription rate for all others in the U.S. is $95.00 per year; Canada $117.70 per year (including 7% GST). Computerworld (weekly): (800) 669-1002. Subscription rate in U.S. is $48.00 per year; Canada $110.00 per year. Open Information Systems (monthly): (617) 742-5200. Subscription rate in U.S. is $539.00 per year; Canada $551.00 per year; International $563.00 per year. Communications Week : (708) 647-6834; fax (708) 6476838. Free to qualified management and professional personnel at companies involved in the communications industry. Subscription rates for all others in the U.S. are $189.00 for one year; Canada $209.00 per year. Client/Server Computing (monthly): (508) 366-2301. Free to qualified management and personnel. Subscription rate for all others in the U.S. is $65.00 per year; Canada $75.00 per year; International $125.00 per year. Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, and the Web: -------------------------------------o (OSF members only. Subscribe to: o (OSF members only. Subscribe to: o E-mail general or product OSF DCE queries to or phone: (617)621-7300 o comp.soft-sys.dce (newsgroup) o comp.unix.osf.misc (newsgroup) o comp.client-server (newsgroup) o OSF URL: Only OSF members are allowed to subscribe to the and mailing lists. There are, however, three newsgroups available to the general public that frequently contain DCE-related posts: comp.soft-sys.dce, comp.client-server, and comp.unix.osf.misc. A DCE FAQ containing basic information is posted periodically on these newsgroups.

The OSF can be contacted via e-mail and also maintains a web page (e-mail address and URL on above slide). The OSF home page contains information on o DCE, including new V1.1 technology, pricing, and FAQ o OSF technology data sheets, case studies, and white papers o the OSF Research Institute o OSF Customer Service o the DCE Product Catalog o Project Pilgrim DCE Request For Comments (RFCs): ------------------------------o Document URL: o gopher: // o via ftp from machine Login as dce-rfc, password dce-rfc, and look in directory dce-rfc DCE RFCs are "requests for comments" for ongoing DCE development. They are similar to the Internet RFCs and are a formal way to share ideas with other DCE development partners. Technical Reports: ----------------o Project Pilgrim (U-Mass) White Papers o Appendix D contains an abridged list of CITI technical report abstracts. Project Pilgrim, located at the University of Massachusetts, has white papers available via ftp ( or on the web (document URL: To receive copies of any of the CITI technical reports, call CITI at (313) 764-5440. If you prefer, e-mail: CITI technical reports are also available electronically by anonymous ftp to and reside in the directories under /public/techreports CITI's URL is:

OSF/DCE SIGs: -----------Documentation (DOC)--Provides input to the OSF on documentation and issues of interest to technical documenters. It currently has one working group, Information Architecture/Interchange, which is helping the OSF define a generic interchange format based on the SGML standard. Management (MAN)--Focuses on the Distributed Management Environment (DME) technology offering. Provides input to the OSF on all aspects of the DME project. There are both technical and business working groups. Internationalization (118N)--Examines the requirements for internationalization support in OSF technology offerings, to define and prioritize them, to assist with any Requests for Technology, and to assist the OSF in producing technologies that meet the international market requirements. Distributed Computing Environment (DCE)--Provides input and assistance to the OSF in the area of distributed computing. Specifically, it makes recommendations for enhancements, emerging technologies, and businessrelated issues and provides a liaison with relevant standards organizations. Security (SEC)--Provides guidance to the OSF on issues regarding security across all OSF technologies. This SIG provides an effective two-way communications mechanism between the OSF and its member companies for security-relevant issues and covers activities of the OSF Research Institute, standards activities, evaluation efforts with U.S. and non-U.S. evaluation groups, and strategic planning. Consortia and User Groups: ------------------------The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) provides protocol development and standardization for the Internet. The Object Management Group (OMG) is a vendor and user consortium that promotes object-oriented technology in software development. Its membership is open to software developers, computer system vendors, and software application users. Members include UNIX International and OSF. (Framingham, MA.) The SQL Access Group (SAG) is a nonprofit corporationM dedicated to developing the technical specification for the interoperability and portability of SQL-based applications across multiple relational database management systems (RDBMS) and hardware platforms. Open to systems and software vendors and users. X/Open is a member. (San Jose, CA)

The Open Software Foundation (OSF) is an international foundation of vendors, users, and independent software vendors (ISVs) that makes available open systems technology based on industry standards. Open to hardware vendors, software vendors, end users, ISVs, and research and university organizations. Membership is about 400 worldwide. (11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA) UniForum is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the promotion of open systems. X/Open is an international nonprofit company whose goal is to establish a portable software environment based on formal or de facto standards. Open to suppliers, major users, and software developers. Members include OSF and UNIX International. (Reading, England with offices in US) Decorum is a multitrack annual trade conference sponsored by Transarc. Each track offers information about case studies by leading users, product updates, technical tips, and practical advice. For information, call (412) 338-6790 or e-mail The International DCE Users Group is independent of OSF and open to all computer professionals., (617) 577-9196 x1208 Several regional meetings are posted regularly on the comp.soft-sys.dce, comp.client-server, and comp.unix.osf.misc newsgroups: o Michigan DCE Users Group, Bill Hampton,, (313) 747-4405 o WADCUG: Laks Prabhala,, (301) 925-0431 o NYDCEUG: Ilya Goldberg,, (212) 235-5206 o Massachusetts DCE Users Group, Jaqui Lynch, o Arizona DCE Users Group, Michael J. Danley,, (602) 441-2887 o Twin Cities DCE Users Group, William A. Estrem,, (612) 736-6853 o Seattle DCE Users Group, Dick Tennent,, (206)-865-3613 o Paris DCE Users Group, Pierre-Louis Neumann,, 33-1-39-63-55-62 OSF DCE Product Catalog:

----------------------o A comprehensive list of vendors providing DCE products, the OSF DCE Product Catalog, is distributed by OSF and included in Appendix E. o The OSF DCE Product Catalog is available on the web. The document URL is: o The catalog is also available via ftp from machine Login as dce-rfc, password dce-rfc, and look in directory dce-pl. o Send hardcopy requests to or (617) 621-8975. Date Revised: 2/28/95 (jjh)