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on October 27, 2011
Frankly, this is one of the biggest disappoints I've purchased in a while.
First, let me say, I have not finished the book yet, so I'll update this later if anything changes...In fact I am writing this review as a warning to anyone thinking of buying this book. Unless you are an absolute beginner, I promise , you will be thoroughly disappointed , especially considering the price tag!!!
1) The chapters that describe networking are downright careless with the use of the term "packet". As any network engineer worth their weight in salt knows, frame->packet->segment (i.e layer 2 MAC fram, Layer 3 source & dest IP packet, and Layer 4 source & dest Port). This author carelessly jumbles all this up in various places generically calling it a packet. okay, you say, well this is not a intro networking book and the author discloses that and provides good references....well in my opinion, this author should either remove the first few chapters or rewrite them correctly.
2) All of the case studies I have read so far(btw: I heard they were "really good", and are the primary reason I bought the book) are poorly explained...The author explains the symptom, then says they used wireshark to fix the problem. Huh? Well that's just great, what the heck did you do, I want screenshots, and step-by-step details. Otherwise it's just some worthless story.
3)chapters 2-4+ repeatedly reference free online material...like user guide stuff. These chapters talk about stuff like menus and user interface stuff... why is it even in the book if it's free online....Some might think it is necessary, but to me it is just filler.
Currently, I'm on chapter 14...
Sorry, at this point I cannot recommend any good alternatives...I'll keep looking.
Honestly, I've learned more about wireshark looking at free online videos and reading the online documentation.
That's it for now, I'll be back