Apple Rendezvous (aka Zeroconf)
Wednesday, August 06, 2003 07:23 PM

Lately I've been very interested in distributed components and services (let's call them "nodes") that "discover" each other on a LAN, and gracefully handle individual nodes going up and down. The Zeroconf initiative, which Apple dubs Rendezvous, tackles this problem by combining multicast messages and creative use of DNS (yes, that DNS). It seems to work well, as Mac types seem to really like iChat, which uses Rendezvous.

I've got some ideas about how to create a nice high-level C# binding to this. You should be able to take a marshal-by-ref object and just make one API call that says "make this available to everyone on the network."

More on this later.