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REVIEW: "Computer Networks, Fourth Edition", Andrew S. Tanenbaum

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKCMPNWK.RVW 20020911 Computer Networks, Fourth Edition , Andrew S. Tanenbaum, 2003, 0-13-066102-3 %A Andrew S. Tanenbaum www.cs.vu.nl/~ast ast@cs.vu.nl
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 11, 2002
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      "Computer Networks, Fourth Edition", Andrew S. Tanenbaum, 2003,
      %A Andrew S. Tanenbaum www.cs.vu.nl/~ast ast@...
      %C One Lake St., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
      %D 2003
      %G 0-13-066102-3
      %I Prentice Hall
      %O 800-576-3800 201-236-7139 fax: 201-236-7131
      %P 891
      %T "Computer Networks, Fourth Edition"

      Tanenbaum's "Computer Networks" is well known as one of the standard
      data communications textbooks, and with ample reason. Using the OSI
      (Open Systems Interconnection) layered model, this work gives thorough
      coverage to the concepts, and many technical details, of the whole
      field of communications. Chapter one is an introduction to
      communications as a whole. Subsequent chapters detail the physical
      layer, the overworked data link layer (which gets two), the network
      layer, the transport layer, and the applications layer. (The almost
      unused session and presentation layers are subsumed into this last.)
      An addition is a chapter specifically devoted to security. There is
      an alphabetical bibliography, but also an annotated list of "further
      readings". I might argue with a few inclusions, but the bulk of the
      listings are good.

      The author has not been resting on previous laurels. This edition
      looks at examples from digital cellular, wireless LANs (mention *must*
      be made of the pun laden cover art, with a Viking working on a
      wireless equipped laptop, having one blue tooth and a tattoo that
      reads "Hi! I'm Harald"), fast ethernet, IPv6, broadband wireless, AES
      (Advanced Encryption Standard), streaming audio and Internet radio,
      and quantum cryptography. There is even an insightful examination of
      the difference in approach between Java applet and ActiveX security.
      (The opinion regarding viruses and advanced operating systems is
      somewhat simplistic, but nobody's perfect.)

      The book is well structured and the writing is clear and eminently
      readable. Humour is not restricted to the cover: buried in the text
      are examples of wry wit that enliven the content without ever
      detracting from the topic under discussion.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1996, 2002 BKCMPNWK.RVW 20020911

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