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MS (Master of Science)
Computer and Information Science
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Phillip E. Pfeiffer IV
M. Gene Bailey, Martin L. Barrett
The coding of network applications requires a mastery of communication APIs. One important set of communication APIs, socket APIs, are commonly used for coding C++ network applications. Socket APIs, unfortunately, are difficult to master, due to their procedural nature and inherent complexity. PISCES (Platform Independent Socket ClassES), is a C++ socket library that provides a simplified cross-platform interface to BSD-style socket APIs.
This thesis analyzes the use of the PISCES library as a teaching tool. The PISCES library was refactored, then used as a basis for a series of introductory undergraduate assignments on network programming. Survey results show that the PISCES-based assignments were effective for introducing novice programmers to socket programming. The comparison of PISCES's series of assignments with those of NetCp and Toll's proposals, provide the inherent simplicity and safety involved in using PISCES's series assignments.
Thesis - Campus Only
Koritala, Sridhar Chandra, "An Analysis of PISCES (Platform Independent Socket ClassES) as a Teaching Tool." (2001). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 60. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/60
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