- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (December 31, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201633469
- ISBN-13: 978-0201633467
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TCP/IP Illustrated, Vol. 1: The Protocols (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series) 1st Edition
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TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols is an excellent text that provides encyclopedic coverage of the TCP/IP protocol suite. What sets this book apart from others on this subject is the fact that the author supplements all of the discussion with data collected via diagnostic programs; thus, it is possible to "watch" the protocols in action in a real situation. Also, the diagnostic tools involved are publicly available; the reader has the opportunity to play along at home. This offers the reader an unparalleled opportunity to really get a feel for the behavior of the protocols in day-to-day operation. TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols features clear discussions and well-designed figures.
Volume two of this series, TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 2: The Implementation, covers the implementation of TCP/IP. Volume three explores TCP for Transactions, HTTP, NNTP, and the Unix Domain Protocols.
From the Back Cover
TCP/IP Illustrated is a complete and detailed guide to the entire TCP/IP protocol suite-with an important difference from other books on the subject. Rather than just describing what the RFCs say the protocol suite should do, this unique book uses a popular diagnostic tool so you may actually watch the protocols in action.By forcing various conditions to occur-such as connection establishment, timeout and retransmission, and fragmentation-and then displaying the results, TCP/IP Illustrated gives you a much greater understanding of these concepts than words alone could provide. Whether you are new to TCP/IP or you have read other books on the subject, you will come away with an increased understanding of how and why TCP/IP works the way it does, as well as enhanced skill at developing applications that run over TCP/IP.
With this unique approach, TCP/IP Illustrated presents the structure and function of TCP/IP from the link layer up through the network, transport, and application layers. You will learn about the protocols that belong to each of these layers and how they operate under numerous implementations, including Sun OS 4.1.3, Solaris 2.2, System V Release 4, BSD/386TM, AIX 3.2.2, and 4.4BSD.In TCP/IP Illustrated you will find the most thorough coverage of TCP available - 8 entire chapters. You will also find coverage of the newest TCP/IP features, including multicasting, path MTU discovery, and long fat pipes.
"While all of Stevens' books are excellent, this new opus (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1) is awesome. Although many books describe the TCP/IP protocols, the author provides a level of depth and real-world detail lacking from the competition."
- Unix Review
"This book (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1) is a stone jewel...Written by W. Richard Stevens, this book probably provides the most comprehensive view of TCP/IP available today in print."
"The diagrams he uses are excellent and his writing style is clear and readable. Please read it (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1) and keep it on your bookshelf."
- Sys Admin
"The word 'illustrated' distinguishes this book (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1) from its many rivals. Stevens uses the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories tcdump program to capture packets in promiscuous mode under a variety of OS and TCP/IP implementations. Studying tcdump output helps you understand how the various protocols work."
- Unix Review
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This is one of the most thorough treatments of tcp/ip you'll find. I wondered what all could be mentioned in 8 chapters devoted just to tcp, but after reading this book I see tcp in a new light. I had a "working" understanding of tcp before (and I own Tanenbaum's "Computer Networks", which covers the physical layer in great detail), but there was something in the way Stevens explained the fundamental concepts about tcp that really drove home the ideas behind the design for me.
My only complaint, perhaps, is that a few of the protocols covered are quite outdated...but I'm still giving 5 stars since this book has been updated and my copy is almost 20 years old.
There's no reason not to keep a stack of used copies around so you can to hand one to anybody trying to get a solid foundation for learning networking. Some of the protocols are gone, and I don't think IPv6 is mentioned until the (inferior) Second Edition, but reading _TCP/IP Illustrated v1_ and Perlman's _Interconnections_ will help you land on your feet in everything from security to networked application coding. Volumes 2 and 3 are only useful if you plan on writing distributed applications in some OOL or another.
I have read TOO MANY books that use inaccurate or mismatched or generic INTERNETWORK terms. This book does an excellent job at being explicit and accurate in the use of terms and concepts, and in explaining them. Ohhhh, is that considered too academic. Well you do not want an IDIOT medical surgeon dropout doing surgery on you any more than you want an IDIOT unqualified network person working on your network.
I have met networking techs who do not know what a datagram is, or they get circuit and package switching concepts mixed up with connection and connectionless oriented concepts. Or they think IP is connection oriented, or they do not know what CSMA/CD and CSMA/CA are. I mean, Earth is round not flat. The sun is larger than the Earth. Paul Revere did NOT warn the British that the American were coming.
Ya, explicit commands or scripts or configurations are nice for a specific device or hardware or system, but ENGINEERS also need to know exactly what they are talking about and what they are doing as far as the ideas and concepts of TCP/IP. That is extremely critical!!!
You want a true ENGINEER, not a HOBBYIST, working on your network.
"What did you do?" OHHHH I connected this with that, and that with this, and configured that packet service to block this packet port and.... and I got this collision domain connected with that application... um...I had trouble getting that plug into that port, but I was able stick it in there anyway.... ummm everything should be working now...
That is why the Challenger space shuttle was lost and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill happened, because of the LACK of academic and technical and engineering appreciation. IDIOTS, or head honchos, doing something or giving orders or making judgement calls about something that they do not know enough about.
As for the down play of academics. You better know, you are not a network engineer if you do not have an actual engineering degree related to, or applicable to, the field of computer internetworking. You are just a hobbyist or at best a technician. But that is not the same as an engineer. People who down play the academic side of education or REAL engineering, do it to push the false idea that an engineering degree is not need to be an engineer.
TCP/IP is not a mystery. There is real 100% science and academics behind it. You just have to read and study it. Oh, also know that is exactly how TCP/IP started, with academics and the old ARPANET. The original ARPANET consisted of the University of Utah, University of California, and the Stanford Research Institute. If not for academics, TCP/IP would not exist at all!
Knowing what is what and what you are talking about is critical. Those who dismiss the academic side, obviously do not know what they are talking about.