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Finding a Needle in a Virtual Haystack: Whois++ and the Whois++ Client Library

Jeff R. Allen
Harvey Mudd College


Powerful Directory Services are imperative in large networks to help keep users connected to the people and resources available on the net. This paper surveys previous work to build Internet Directory Services, and presents a set of requirements for the next generation of Directory Service technology. Next, the paper presents an overview of a new standards-track protocol named Whois++. Finally, client software written by the author is presented, and freely available server software is reviewed.

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