LDAP - Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
A directory service allows people to locate other users, resources,
services, and information. [Ok, you don't understand this - Good!]
What is Directory?
What is Not a Directory Service?
Directories are special purpose databases, usually containing typed information.
They share some common elements that bind them together.
Read access to the directory is typically much more frequent than update
Directory services has the ability to search & retrieve named
Directories are replicated for reliability, they include authentication
and access control capabiliti
It is NOT a general purpose database. It cannot handle huge number of updates,
would be bad engine for an SQL app.
It is NOT a file system.
Useful only in scenario where the info in the directory is accessed by
others and by different apps in different locations.
LDAP offers both access and update capabilities
LDAP has a rich set of searching capabilities - allows complex searched
to be performed on a portion of the directory.
LDAP includes authentication mechanism via access controls.
LDAP allows the type of info stored in the directory can be extended dynamically.
LDAP RFC 1777, RFC 1778, LDAP API RFC 1823
All the above materials need
not be(most probabaly will not be!!) accurate or correct information. Hence
the owner of this page will not be responsible for any consequences arising
because of this. These are compiled by Sridharan Ramaswamy.
Last updated :: Feb 6, 1999