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Networked Applications: A Guide to the New Computing Infrastructure (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking) Paperback – January 25, 1999

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From the Back Cover

Understanding the rich conjunction of networking and computing is essential for anyone involved in the formulation and implementation of new application ideas, whether in business, education, or government. This book offers nonexperts an accessible, thoughtful introduction to the applications and infrastructure in networked computing, providing you with the information to make the right technological and organizational decisions as you work with developers to design or acquire effective computing solutions.

On a bookshelf dominated by either lightweight primers or heavyweight treatises,Networked Applications: A Guide to the New Computing Infrastructurestands apart: a smart book for smart people seeking the knowledge to meet new needs and to improve organizational processes.

Features

  • Takes a functional, top-down approach, moving from application opportunities to a forward-looking view of the possibilities and limitations of networking and computing technologies.
  • Uses plain English to explain important networked computing terminology and concepts, such as security, middleware, and electronic payments.
  • Empowers managers and other users with the knowledge required to shape the application development process.
  • Offers frank and enlightening discussions of general application categories, hardware and software infrastructure, up-and-coming communication technologies, and policy issues-social, economic, and governmental-affecting the future of networked computing.

About the Author

David G. Messerschmitt is the Roger A. Strauch Chaired Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Berkeley. From 1993-96 he served as Chair of EECS, and prior to 1977 he was with AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, N.J. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and is the 1999 recipient of the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal recognizing "exceptional contributions to the advancement of communication sciences and engineering".

Messerschmitt's current research interests include wireless access to packet networks, network management, the role of mobile code in network infrastructure, the convergence of computing and communications, and the economics of networks.

Messerschmitt is active in new curriculum development bringing highly relevant social science concepts to engineering students and educating a broader crossection of students in information technology. He has initiated both undergraduate and graduate courses in networked applications and computing aimed at social science and business students, and Networked Applications is an outgrowth of this effort. With Hal R. Varian, he also initated a graduate course in the non-technical factors contributing strongly to the success or failure of new high-technology products. Networked Applications is also used in this course, which is taught to a mixture of engineering and business students.

Messerschmitt is a co-founder and Director of TCSI Corporation, and a Director of Coastcom Inc. He is on the Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Management & Information Technology in the Haas School of Business, the Kawasaki Berkeley Concepts Research Center, and the Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering at the National Science Foundation. In the University of California Academic Senate, he

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Product Details

  • Series: The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1st edition (January 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558605363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558605367
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,992,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most of us plug our computers into the internet, then we fire up IE or Firefox, press the "get email" button on Outlook or Thunderbird, and forget there's a bunch of beeping and blooping going on in the background.

This book explains what's going on behind the curtain. It explains it in fairly simple terms. Non-computer scientists can understand it. There are handy analogies. Good graphics illustrating the text.

This book does *not* explain *how* to network computers. It does *not* explain how to write networked applications. The "new" computing infrastructure isn't actually all that new anymore, but it is newer than telephones, which is the networking infrastructure most of us are familiar with (spoke and hub).

Good basic text for non-computer programmers who would still like to communicate with them.
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By A Customer on February 17, 1999
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Reading this book really helped me to understand the use of computers in the business world!
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