The Virtual Bookcase Reviews of 'Computer Networks, Fourth Edition':
Reviewer amazon.com wrote:
This is the long-awaited 3rd Edition of Tanenbaum's classic book on computer networking. The finest network engineer I know (who was stolen from my previous employer by developers of IPv6) swears by this book, and it is arguably the best single resource for gaining a good technical understanding of modern networking in the mid 1990s. Very Highly Recommended. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
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
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