- Paperback: 660 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (June 25, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0139738436
- ISBN-13: 978-0139738432
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol. II: ANSI C Version: Design, Implementation, and Internals (3rd Edition) 3rd Edition
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This revision of a best seller provides an in-depth look at the TCP/IP Internet Protocols. It presents a complete implementation -- showing the internals of the TCP/IP protocol software -- with actual code. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Third Edition of this best-seller is a must for anyone working the TCP/IP suite of protocols.
The authors provide an in-depth look at individual TCP/IP protocols in light of design alternatives, implementation techniques with actual ANSI C code, and the internals of protocol software.
This book uses the widely accepted data-mark interpretation of TCP urgent data, a discussion of the consequences is included. Throughout the book the authors use a working system, which they designed and built using ANSI C, to explain the interaction among protocols, the complete implementation process, and the internal structure.
- Reflects changes in the protocol standards and updates the example code to ANSI standard C.
- Contains working source code in ANSI C for most protocols including TCP, IP, ICMP, IGMP, UDP, ARP, RIP, SNMP, and a significant part of OSPF.
- Defines data structures, constants, and code for procedures and processes in ANSI standard C.
- Provides active experimentation with a working TCP/IP implementation.
- Implementation support for the IGMP protocol used for IP multicasting and multicast OSPF routing protocol used in applications such as audio and video multicast.
- Unique coverage of the Open Shortest path First link-state routing protocol designed by the IETF.
- Shows the latest interpretation of the urgent data processing.
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Comer, on the other hand, designs his systems to be understood. It is possible to understand the entire Xinu system from the high level down to the smallest details. Very few people can make the same claim about the BSD kernel. The layout of the book is excellent, describing the design trade-offs in writing the networking code. Rather than teaching someone how to use a specific implementation, it enables its reader to approach any implementation and understand why it was designed the way it was, and what impacts these decisions were made. In spite of that, it would be nice if Comer spent even more time explaining why certain decisions were made.
Now, I am using Steven's book as a reference as I am dealing with BSD networking code. However, I would be lost if I didn't learn the principles, concepts, and designs provided by Comer. If you can, get both books -- but start with this one.
The answer is, since winsock is built on BSD sockets, and what isn't in BSD sockets but is in winsock is mostly Windows operating system related, your best bet is still the MSDN reference material. That is, if you already have some background in TCP/IP from Unix platform. If not, and you insist on a winsock specific book, there are not that many choices I know of. So this is probably your best bet.
If you are a beginning TCP/IP programmer, this will help. Pretty readable and well organized. But most of the examples in the book are for the type of applications which have already been written and rewritten several times over in the world and you can always find those someplace on the web. I find myself going to back to Richard Stevens volumes and to the RFCs, online documentations at Microsoft and elsewhere. But then, that might be because I started my TCP/IP days from UNIX/SunOS/IRIX.
For beginning TCP/IP programming this can be a good book. There are some paragraphs here and there with sloppy editing - technical and otherwise - but within tolerable limits. And, that is why I did not give it five stars.
What I did not like about the book is that like the volume 1, too many topics are covered so in many chapters the author barely touch the topic without going in depth into it and I am questioning the value of these chapters as reference.