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Local area networks, wide area networks, Internet, wireless networks, technologies, theory, management and planning of networks.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Networking uses careful language, plenty of diagrams, and a lot of patience to explain how computers networks function. This is basically an overview of networking technologies for those new to the field. The authors cover networking theory before comparing and contrasting implementations of local area networks (LANs) on a variety of platforms. You'll find this book handy if you're trying to decide how to build a LAN in your home or office. Wagner and Negus deserve kudos for their extensive coverage of NetWare, Windows, and Unix variants. Many books of this sort cover Windows networking only, despite NetWare's huge installed base and Linux's growing popularity. In addition to explaining the functions of topolog... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Usenet news is not, primarily, about technology, competing newsreaders or massive data transfers. Usenet news is about discussion. McFedries keeps this idea firmly in mind, and presents a very useful, helpful, and acceptable introduction to the topic and activity. Part one covers the basics and background concepts. Netiquette is covered early, while jargon is presented as necessary for the reader's understanding, without suggesting that it be used (Bravo!). Part two covers the mechanics of newsreaders, not only on host systems (trn, rn and tin) and client programs (Trumpet, AIR News, Netscape and Newswatcher), but also on Compuserve, America Online and Delphi. McFedries' guide to newsgroups, in part three, is more logically laid ou... Rest of this review on the detail page
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In spite of the involvement of Novell Press, this book does address some general concepts in client/server applications across operating systems. In spite of the glowing and enthusiastic Introduction, this book is not an "in- depth" review of client/server technology. Chapters one through three; "What is Client-Server Computing", "Client-Server Computing and the Corporation", and "Designing Client-Server Applications"; are extremely vague. Some common myths regarding client/server systems are dispelled, but, basically, the reader is told to distribute, balance, and design complex systems without in any way being told how. The remainder of the book, however, may be very valuable to the developer or programmer starting out in this area... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Books on client/server computing are often dry and academic. Not so with the Client/Server Survival Guide, now in its third edition. The trio of authors--Jeri Edwards, Dan Harkey, and Robert Orfali--make the topic interesting with a down-to-earth style that covers the informational landscape without boring the reader to tears. Numerous nontechnical diagrams drive home important concepts quickly. The first part consists of a comprehensive overview of client/server computing. In this critical introduction, the authors discuss the paradigm, the various flavors of servers, and the basics of two-tier and three-tier architectures. They also discuss how the client/server works in the real world and introduce the concepts of LAN, WAN, and other con... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Clark has provided a good "yellow pages" of Web, gopher, archive, and telnet sites of interest to researchers and students of the humanities. (Oddly, but like so many others, he compiles mailing lists in a separate section.) More than that, however, he has provided a very serviceable and useful guide to Internet applications for those just getting started. (It may be a bit presumptuous to consider that anyone in the humanities automatically needs an introduction to the net, but it's understandable.) copyright Robert M. Slade, 1996
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