TCP/IP Sockets in C Bundle: Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, Fourth Edition (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking)
Computer Networks, 4E is the only introductory computer networking book written by authors who have had first-hand experience with many of the protocols discussed in the book, who have actually designed some of them as well, and who are still actively designing the computer networks today.
This newly revised edition continues to provide an enduring, practical understanding of networks and their building blocks through rich, example-based instruction. The authors' focus is on the why of network design, not just the specifications comprising today's systems but how key technologies and protocols actually work in the real world to solve specific problems. The new edition makes less use of computer code to explain protocols than earlier editions. Moreover, this new edition shifts the focus somewhat higher in the protocol stack where there is generally more innovative and exciting work going on at the application and session layers than at the link and physical layers.
* Completely updated with new sidebar discussions that cover the deployment status of protocols described in the book. * Addition of sizeable number of new exercises and solutions. * Downloadable Opnet network simulation software and lab experiments manual. * New and revised instructor support material, including Powerpoint slides, eps version of figures appearing in the text; sample exams; lecture notes; UNIX sockets programming assignments.
Top 4 Computer Network Books Compared
By Michael Yasumoto - May 24, 2009
This review compares the following four books: Computer Networks by Peterson and Davie (P & D) Computer Networks by Tanenbaum Computer Networks by Comer / Internetworking with TCP/IP Computer Networking by Kurose and Ross (K & R)
By far the best book in the list is "Computer Networking" by Kurose and Ross. This book covers all of the essential material that is in the other books but manages to do so in a relevant and entertaining way. This book is very up to date as seen by the release of the 5th Ed when the 4th Ed is barely two years old. There are lots of practical exercises using wireshark and the companion website is actually useful and relevant. The attitude of this book with regard to teaching networking concepts could be summed up as "try it out and see for yourself". One interesting thing to note is that the socket programming example are all in Java.
Next up is the Peterson and Davie book which covers everything that Kurose and... read more
For SW/HW Engineers NOT Systems Engineers
By D. Hong - September 17, 2008
Davies et al wrote a very good book that is aimed at those that want to design and build products that work in a network. It's detailed and has great insight on how a network actually works (or should work). If you are looking for a book on how to implement a network, go buy a Cisco press book. However if you are looking for a book on how to build products to work in a network, this one fits just nicely.
Excellent work! Highly Recommended!
By Siddhardha - May 11, 2009
This is an awesome work by the authors. I used this book for a graduate course in Networking and we covered about 90% of the text in class. The book presents the field of networking using a bottom up approach starting with physical layer all the way till application layer. The concepts are presented with such clarity that the reader will feel that he has a very good understanding of the topic after reading it. Lots of visuals are used in this book that aid in the learning process very well. Although I am done with this course, this book will stay in my shelf. Without a doubt, this is one of the best texts in Computer Science. I did not have any background in networking before reading this book and this book prepared me to tackle successfully some of the networking problems I faced recently at work. Well deserved kudos to the authors. I also had the fortune of a very good instructor for this course and it made it even more enjoyable. The other book my instructor has recommended is... read more
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