Business Data Communications and Networking, 7th Edition Hardcover – 1709
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Balances the technical and managerial aspects of data communications. The goal is to strike a balance between understanding how networks operate and how to successfully apply them. "Real Life" examples used throughout the text. The use of networks has become more complex over the past few years. The text contains dozens of examples in Management Focus Boxes that shows how real organizations are using telecommunications and networking. Coverage of all the important topics in data communications is included in the text. The critical technology and/or network management issues are covered. Network Protocols coverage-TCP/IP.
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I say you will like the improvements over whatever the 6th edition missed (or messed up).
I just finished reading with some dismay the avalanche of negative complaints about the book. I haven't read the 7th edition, but I read the 6th edition and have a sense about the book (and by the way, note that amazon many comments are directed to that edition and not the most recent), and I have a pretty good handle on what the book is like. It looks like a school textbook because that's what it is. It's sort of boring-looking, and it even has exercises and case studies. When reading it, one is tempted to think that information is watered down, or the book is out of date or that it is useless. Because the book doesn't give a step-by-step account of how to do things, one is tempted to think it's not a good book.
But initial impressions are deceiving. When I read the 6th edition in 1999, I initially felt precisely the same way about the value of this book. (I suspect most of the negative comments here came from people who had it forced on them by a teacher for a class). The book does NOT teach you how to network or how to configure TCP-IP or how to set up your home network. What it does instead is treat pretty thoroughly communications technologies, protocols, packet technology, switches, error-checking, backbone. It discusses everything very simply and in very clear language. Also, it covers the diversity of technologies out there, including many legacy ones (and the reader may initially see this as a sign that the book is out of date--the reverse is true; this legacy information is often hard to find in a single place).Read more ›
Now, upon very close reading, I can see how so much contradictory information got into this book: There were two authors who worked on different chapters and/or sections, but they did not work closely with each other to keep from contradicting each other. The editors did a poor job in recognizing contraditions. And it seems that no one worked on providing continuity in the textbook. In the Preface, the authors thank their reviewers for their assistance, but they openly admit that this was done "often under short deadlines".
The worst mistake in the entire textbook is Chapter Eight (page 237), where they state: "Second, unlike bridges, switches don't learn addresses; switches need to have addresses defined explicitly." (They are speaking of switches that are used in LANs.) As we should well know, this kind of switch learns its address table, just as a bridge does. Could it be that the authors have confused a regular (Layer 2) switch with a Layer 3 switch?Read more ›
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The layout of this book could have used some work, and I understand the later editions do a better job, but it nevertheless provided a foundation of networking and datacomm... Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2002 by Aaron Helton
I just finished a graduate course using this book as the textbook. At first I thought "Hmmmph - another OSI Layer book. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2002 by DP
Book was exactly looks like new. and also very fast delivery.Published on Jan. 30 2002 by Nital Patel
The first reading page of this text has four grammatical errors. This in itself speaks of how poorly the text must have been edited. What a rip off for the price of this book. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2001 by David L. Whitley
We used this text in my data networking class and I'm discovering what a poor choice it was for the subject of computer networks. Read morePublished on April 1 2001 by Dave
I was required to purchase this book at LSU for a class. It contains great information, but like many books chosen by professors it is sorely over-priced for information that can... Read morePublished on Aug. 10 1999 by email@example.com