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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."

—Vint Cerf

 

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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Product Details

  • 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 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I owned the original first edition of Volume 1 and purchased the second edition for coverage of the new material. I think that Fall did an admirable job of adding the new coverage of things that have arisen since the first edition was written, but I was very disappointed in the writing style.

I disagree with the other reviewers who state that Fall retains the excellent writing style of the original. Whereas Stevens is known for succinct, clear prose that covers topics in a straightforward, readable way, Fall seems to have felt that adding verbosity was a necessary step in adding additional topic coverage.

For an example, just read the first page of the introduction for both editions. I had read the first edition a few years ago and was amazed at how Stevens made even the complex subjects easily understandable, but I paused while reading Fall's edition half-way through the introduction, asking myself "Why is this prose so difficult to understand? I don't remember the original being like this." After showing both editions to a friend of mine who is an English professor, she said that she is going to use excerpts from each book as a way to contrast good technical writing with bad technical writing (first edition, good; second edition, bad). In fact, after reading the first paragraph of the introduction of the second edition, she laughed at the quoted dictionary definition of "protocol," noting that English professors joke among themselves about how they all have to re-train high school graduates not to do this, since it is such a bad practice and so common among incoming college freshmen.
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This book was a very welcome update of the 1994 first edition, as it was becoming somewhat outdated. The first edition did of course not cover IPv6 as it was published years before the spec was. Now, it goes into great depth on IPv6 and explains it very well.

The book still retains Stevens excellent writing style. It is concise, clear and gets to the point quickly. It is filled with examples using either tcpdump or wireshark screen captures, or good illustrations explaining the header structures. The book is over 1000 pages but not wordy, very impressive.

Each chapter explains one protocol or concept, TCP being so complex is spread over multiple chapters. One thing I really appreciate with this book is that every chapter includes a section on attacks that has been employed against the protocols. This information is invaluable if you must implement the protocols yourself and makes sure you won't get hit by the same problems as people were in the past.

This book is a must have for anyone who works with TCP/IP on a daily basis and/or develops networking software. Even if you work with protocols that are not IP based this book still contains lots of really good ideas that can be reused.
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1st edition
pro:
1. elegant in its presentation, succinct yet detailed and understandable.
con:
1. many topic out-dated( implementation detail has changed, some bugs were fixed, and some protocol has been changed, replaced or deprecated )

2ed edition
pro:
1. rich in its content, detailed discussion in the most-frequently encountered topic and touches the less-frequently encountered issue.
2. added many examples for Windows o.s, which has become the prevalent o.s for home networking
3. the additional topic on security issue at the end of each chapter is a good read for amateur like me.
con:
1. the writing style is less understandable. Grammatically, I've seen more run on sentences, which makes it harder to read. Logically, too often is content in the future chapter mentioned in previous chapter. The unfamiliarity of the un-learned topic makes it frustrating to read through the current topic.
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I seldom post comment on books I bought. But I would like to comment a few lines for this one, as I had very high expectation for this "second edition" before I bought it and unfortunately became very disappointed in the end.

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.
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