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REVIEW: "Data and Computer Communications, Eighth Edition", William Stallings

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Han
    BKDTCMCM.RVW 20080930 Data and Computer Communications, Eighth Edition , William Stallings,2007, 0-13-243310-9 %A William Stallings ws@shore.net %C One
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      "Data and Computer Communications, Eighth Edition", William
      Stallings,2007, 0-13-243310-9
      %A William Stallings ws@...
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      %I Prentice Hall
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      %P 878 p.
      %T "Data and Computer Communications, Eighth Edition"

      That the latest edition of one of the classic data communications
      texts is the most up to date is not altogether surprising. What is
      outstanding is just how up to date it is, and how detailed. (I even
      found one of the only accurate portrayals of the various types of
      spread spectrum transmission.)

      The result of cramming this amount of current knowledge into these
      pages makes for a fairly demanding text. The writing is never
      unclear, but it doesn't make concessions to the reader either, and
      requires some application. If Stallings has one fault in this text,
      it is that explanations are frequently mathematical in nature, rather
      than tutorial.

      There is a chapter zero filling in as a preface, and then six major
      sections. Part one provides an overview, with a chapter on data
      communications and networking, and one on protocols. Part two deals
      with basic data communications, with chapters addressing transmission,
      media, signal encoding, digital techniques, data link controls,
      multiplexing, and (as noted above) spread spectrum. Wide area
      networks are examined in part three, looking at circuit and packet
      switching, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), routing, congestion, and
      cellular (mobile) phone networks. Local area networks (LANs) are in
      part four, with chapter fifteen providing an overview, and others
      specifically considering high-speed and wireless LANs. Part five
      notes internetwork protocols, internetwork operation, and transport
      protocols. Internet applications are addressed in part six, detailing
      network security, electronic mail and management, directory service
      and the Web, and multimedia applications.

      As a course text the material is reasonably well laid out: given the
      range of the communications and networking field any structure is
      going to be somewhat arbitrary at times. Each chapter ends with
      recommended readings for further study, a set of problems of suitable
      difficulty, and occasional appendices. Pedagogical aids are available
      online and separately.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1996, 2008 BKDTCMCM.RVW 20080930


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