- Series: Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series
- Hardcover: 1056 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (November 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321336313
- ISBN-13: 978-0321336316
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols (2nd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series) 2nd Edition
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"What makes this book unique, in my estimation, is the level of detail and attention to history. It provides background and a sense for the ways in which solutions to networking problems have evolved. It is relentless in its effort to achieve precision and to expose remaining problem areas. For an engineer determined to refine and secure Internet operation or to explore alternative solutions to persistent problems, the insights provided by this book will be invaluable. The authors deserve credit for a thorough rendering of the technology of today’s Internet."
Praise for the First Edition of TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols . . .
“This is sure to be the bible for TCP/IP developers and users. Within minutes of picking up the text, I encountered several scenarios that had tripped up both my colleagues and myself in the past. Stevens reveals many of the mysteries once held tightly by the ever-elusive networking gurus. Having been involved in the implementation of TCP/IP for some years now, I consider this by far the finest text to date.”
—Robert A. Ciampa, network engineer, Synernetics, division of 3COM
“While all of Stevens’ books are readable and technically excellent, this new opus is awesome. Although many books describe the TCP/IP protocols, Stevens provides a level of depth and real-world detail lacking from the competition. He puts the reader inside TCP/IP using a visual approach and shows the protocols in action.”
—Steven Baker, networking columnist, Unix Review
“TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1, is an excellent reference for developers, network administrators, or anyone who needs to understand TCP/IP technology. TCP/IP Illustrated is comprehensive in its coverage of TCP/IP topics, providing enough details to satisfy the experts while giving enough background and commentary for the novice.”
—Bob Williams, vice president, Marketing, NetManage, Inc.
“. . . [T]he difference is that Stevens wants to show as well as tell about the protocols. His principal teaching tools are straightforward explanations, exercises at the ends of chapters, byte-by-byte diagrams of headers and the like, and listings of actual traffic as examples.”
—Walter Zintz, UnixWorld
“Much better than theory only. . . . W. Richard Stevens takes a multihost-based configuration and uses it as a travelogue of TCP/IP examples with illustrations. TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1, is based on practical examples that reinforce the theory—distinguishing this book from others on the subject, and making it both readable and informative.”
—Peter M. Haverlock, consultant, IBM TCP/IP Development
“The diagrams he uses are excellent and his writing style is clear and readable. In sum, Stevens has made a complex topic easy to understand. This book merits everyone’s attention. Please read it and keep it on your bookshelf.”
—Elizabeth Zinkann, sys admin
“W. Richard Stevens has produced a fine text and reference work. It is well organized and very clearly written with, as the title suggests, many excellent illustrations exposing the intimate details of the logic and operation of IP, TCP, and the supporting cast of protocols and applications.”
—Scott Bradner, consultant, Harvard University OIT/NSD
About the Author
Kevin R. Fall, Ph.D., has worked with TCP/IP for more than twenty-five years, and served on the Internet Architecture Board. He co-chairs the Internet Research Task Force’s Delay Tolerant Networking Research Group (DTNRG), which explores networking in extreme and performance-challenged environments. He is an IEEE Fellow.
W. Richard Stevens, Ph.D. (1951-1999), was the pioneering author who taught a generation of network professionals the TCP/IP skills they’ve used to make the Internet central to everyday life. His best-selling books included all three volumes of TCP/IP Illustrated (Addison-Wesley), as well as UNIX Network Programming (Prentice Hall).
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The new author is just a knowledgeable as Steven and the material in the book is needed for today's networking. I would tend to shy away from the first edition and buy this one instead.
Firstly, this book should NOT be called the second edition, as it changes tremendously comparing with the first edition, in terms of the way it is talking, the way of describing concepts and process, and the organization of the knowledge content themselves, etc. It would be better if the author can just pick up a new name for this book to start its edition one, and not take advantage of the first edition's reputation. I saw other buyers mentioned the same in their comments as well. In my humble opinion, the descriptions is too tedious/verbose sometimes that make the keys of concepts inevident.
Secondly, there are MANY MISTAKES in this book. Below are some examples:
on page 39, the binary representation for the prefix /27 is incorrect.
on page 59, the description under figure 2-14 says the prefix is ff3x:0011/32, which is apparently wrong. It should be ff3x:00ff/32.
on page 85, in the figure, the 802.1p/q tag was marked as 0/2, it should be 0/4, or put the protocol ID part out of this part if you want to make it 0/2(usually it is defined as 0/4. Search the wikipedia you will see correct/much-better figure).
on page 87, the author shows a calculation for crc. Did anyone verify that? it went totally wrong in the end. How could deviding 10000 by 10011 give you a quotient 1???
At this point, I even persuaded myself to jump onto the tcp part, which I expect to see better description. However, I was frustrated again by the evident mistake below. And this is NOT a typo because the same mistake persists from here to the following pages:
In the figure on the page 596, the last ACK packet should have Seq = K + 1, NOT K. Fin sent before will consume one sequence number. If you do not believe this, check the wireshark snapshot the author pasted on page 603. You will then see the correct/expected behavior.
Anyway, the time when I read the first edition was about 8 years ago. It does not include the CWR and ECE flags for tcp, or other relatively new features. So I was planning to review the knowledge and learn some new stuffs through the second edition. But the overall low quality disappoints me much. I do not trust this book anymore, and will go to RFCs for reference.
Hopefully this review helps you, at least save you some time from being puzzled by those mistakes I mentioned.
Second edition may not be so well written and clear as other Steven's books but is up to date and I appreciate that.
Highly recommended for anyone working (seriously) with TCP/IP.
Almost all material was updated by another author, and the writing style has changed - this second edition is no longer for a begginer (unlike the first edition).
This is a good book though, as it's well packed with a lot of contemporary information, but it may not be easy to read.
As for me, I dislike the discussion of IPv6 side-by-side with IPv4. I would prefer separate chapters on IPv6.