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TCP/IP Protocol Suite (McGraw-Hill Forouzan Networking) 4th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0073376043
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About the Author

Behrouz A. Forouzan a Professor at DeAnza College, where they are involved in the development of courses for Computer Information Systems. In addition to System Development Consultant for several companies. Forouzan he is also the author of several successful books, including Computer Networks and Internet Protocols TCP/IP 2ed Local Area Networks.
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Product Details

  • Series: McGraw-Hill Forouzan Networking
  • Hardcover: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 4 edition (March 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073376043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073376042
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Matlock on April 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
TCP/IP is the language of the Internet and this book is its grammer. Although I think this book was intended primarily to be a college textbook, I'm not in school. I just was assigned a project to do some software requiring a direct interface to TCP/IP. I found this book to be exactly what I needed.

The book uses a very visual approach that allows you to quickly find the subject areas you need. Then the key points are put into boxes, kind of like someone has gone through with a hi-lighter to emphasize the critical points. These enabled me to skip rapidly through the points I knew about to get to the areas where I needed detail.

This book further is one of the best written and more clearly describes this rather technical subject in clear English words that even a simple programmer can understand.

This is the third edition, it covers some of the newer protocols like SCTP. Exceeding well done book.
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This book is vastly inferior to available alternatives. My primary complaint is that it appears written by an instructor familiar with various networking-related technology, but lacks a great deal of current real world design and implementation experience. My criticism exemplifies itself in what the book discusses, how concepts are explained, what is included, what is left out and the types of mistakes found throughout the book. While not the worst book for you, it is at best incomplete, while many times misleading, confusing and outdated at worst. Much of the material in the book is reasonably accurate, but there are a great many problems with this text that in total force me to advise students and learners of networking to avoid this title in lieu of other, far better alternatives. This review is based on the fourth edition published in 2010.

Forouzan's TCP/IP Protocol Suite is organized in a manner similar to many other general TCP/IP networking books. It begins with a history and background of the Internet and protocols in general. It then covers major protocols in the TCP/IP suite beginning from the network layer (IP, addressing, routing), through the transport layer (UDP, TCP, SCTP), the application layer (which is a mixture of DHCP, DNS, TELNET/SSH, FTP/TFTP, HTTP, email protocols, SNMP and multimedia), then back to the network layer with IPv6, and finally a few chapters on security, which are largely about cryptography services.

Perhaps like any text of this subject, the difficult part is deciding what to leave out and what to include. What is included here that would probably have been better left out or perhaps greatly revised include much of chapter 3, Underlying Technologies.
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Format: Hardcover
There is no doubt that apart from Douglas Comer's three-volume set, this is the best book to learn TCP/IP. Behrouz has simply created magic, with his usual liberal use of diagrams and tables to explain complex topics with ease.
I would strongly recommend this book for those who want to learn TCP/IP at a conceptual level in addition to Comer. However, if you want to go to the internals, this may not be the right book for you.
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Format: Paperback
I had this book lying around with me for a very long time but never bothered reading it, because my graduate school textbook was something else. But when I eventually ended up reading it, i did regret how I missed out on this genius of a book, for so long. This book is way ahead of other books in its league. The material explained are illustrated very beautifully that there would be no place where you will find it difficult to follow the book. Fantastic book, i highly recommend it to anyone who want to understand TCP/IP.

If you are considering Comer Vol 1 or Richard stevens Vol 1 for TCP/IP , I would advise you give this book a serious thought too. Preferably goto a local bookstore to check them out and make a decision.

If you want to quickly learn/revise TCP/IP for an interview, this is a great book too because lots of times the self-explanatory illustrations saves you a lot of time from reading the material itself.
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Format: Hardcover
This may be the best textbook I have ever used. The text is concise and to the point with no extra "fluff". The illustrations are fantastic. The author has spent a tremendous amount of time on these... they take you directly to the meaning of the text, and give a strong visual and intuitive foundation to what has been written. Example problems with answers are numerous, and seem to be placed at exactly the points where you need to stop and work through concepts with pencil and paper. I really can't say enough about this text, I've read it cover to cover. It imparts an amazing amount of technical information without being dry... again, I think it's the illustrations that are so helpful, and it's nice that the author's style is direct and not wordy. I don't think you can buy a better TCP/IP book, this one's worth twice the price.
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This book is riddled with errors. It contains typos in several examples. Some are obvious and some are not. The ones that are not obvious make understanding the examples difficult. Hopefully, your college professor has not made this textbook required reading for you.
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