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Data Communications and Computer Networks: A Business User's Approach Hardcover – March 9, 2010

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ISBN-13: 978-0538452618 ISBN-10: 0538452617 Edition: 6th

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About the Author

Curt M. White is an associate professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University, where he has been since 1988. Currently in his 37th year of teaching, he previously taught at Wayne State University, Illinois State University, Purdue University-Fort Wayne, and Dominican University. Dr. White has published more than 30 articles on computer science and computer science education, two chapters in books, and two college textbooks. In 1997, he chaired the ACM SIGCSE's national conference on computer science education and more recently served as president of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. He completed a bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in computer science from Wayne State University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology; 6 edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0538452617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0538452618
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By macguyzz on April 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book contains some useful information, however, most of the information is horribly outdated. Goes too much into detail about obsolete technologies such as T1 lines and 56K modems. It's fine if they want to cover that for purposes of showing where technology has come from, but it does not go deep into more current technologies. If I wanted a book in networking history, I would have bought one. The latest edition is copyright 2009, but you wouldn't know it from reading the text.

Unfortunately this book is required at my class at DePaul University, so I have no choice but to read and learn about outdated information. If you can avoid a class that assigns this book, I would highly recommend doing that.

I see other reviews of this book are mostly positive, but I cannot see why.
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By Heather Martinez on June 16, 2013
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The book was a little difficult to follow at first, but met the needs for taking the class. Could use some improvements in flow of content and wording of definitions.
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By Veritas on December 28, 2011
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I bought the most recent version, updated in 2011, but the book included many instances in which the book had not been updated. For example, it refers to the year 2005 in future tense at one point in the book. I found several other examples just like this one.
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By me on March 7, 2011
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This book is required reading for a class in my graduate studies. I am really enjoying it because of how the book is broken up. Very straight forward and easy to comprehend the information presented. Would highly recommend.
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