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Business Data Communications and Networking, 7th Edition [Hardcover]

Jerry FitzGerald; Alan Dennis
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but Outdated Nov. 30 2002
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 principles. The material is out of date, so since there is a newer edition out, I would recommend it over this edition.
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I just finished a graduate course using this book as the textbook. At first I thought "Hmmmph - another OSI Layer book." What I learned is that it is very current, going into Blue tooth, Internet II, and all the latest Wireless protocols, too. Like consider the multiple Gigabit networking architectures, including optical and copper. This is "one for the shelf" of every do it your selfer wanting to learn and it reads like a "how to" manual that you'll use. Whether you want to learn, bone up, or be the one who has all the right vocabulary at the drinking fountain - this is a book you should give a chance to. It surprised me and I manage a significant IS dept. I think you will consider it a value-added addition to your library!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is my 2nd review... Jan. 31 2002
Well, I must confess... I wrote my first review BEFORE reading any other reviews. Wow - after reading the others, I started thinking "I MUST HAVE BEEN READING A DIFFERENT BOOK!" Well, that is exactly the story. My review is of the 7th edition and I specifically went looking for the grammatical errors and the packet-switching complaints and all the other complaints, one-by-one. You know what? HOOEY!! All the problems others speak of in the 6th edition have been corrected and improved upon! This is a good book! I liked Mr. Nagle's review and the only negatives he mentions were mere weaknesses that have been beefed up. So, I still say this is a book that you'll find useful if you read it. If you want to peruse it, looking for tips and tricks on setting up your own network, then I say this is NOT the book for you - I'd look for the networking for dummies. (I'm not trying to be flipant, either. Those books only have the tips of the icebergs and are great for perusing - kinda like a cliff's notes.)
I say you will like the improvements over whatever the 6th edition missed (or messed up).
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5.0 out of 5 stars in Excellent condition Jan. 30 2002
Book was exactly looks like new. and also very fast delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars why others hate this book--and why they're wrong Oct. 31 2001
This book is the ideal book for the novice networking geek wanting a general overview of communications technologies.
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).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Read page 4, 7th edition of the text Sept. 3 2001
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. I could read it three times and I would still not have sufficient knowledge of networks or data communications to pass an MCSE test. For the $92.50 that I spent I could have bought. a.)Tcp/Ip Exam Prep Guide. b.) Tcp/Ip Exam cram guide. c.)I still would have had $10 or $15 left over to go towards Flash cards or something else. Then at the end of the day I would be able to sit and pass a certification test. Stay far from this. If your college or Univerity is using this text, then they are idiots.
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