Frustrated by reading networking books chock full of acronyms that put your brain into sleep mode? Head First Networking is your companion on your step-by-step journey from a newly minted CCNA/CCNP, to a network guru with not only the answers but the explanations to support them. "Head First Networking" provides a task-based approach to the computer networking body of knowledge. This is a practical title that teaches networking concepts as tied to on-the-job tasks, blending practice and theory in a way that only Head First can. For example, the task of running wires or cables on the surface can be explained to a network newbie as: run Cable A for Purpose B between locations 1 and 2. However Head First Networking uses this opportunity to "go deeper" and discuss the types of signals being transmitted "over the wire", and how signal loss impacts a network, explains the significance of the differences between hardware for connecting hosts and devices in a network, and finally starts delving into the topics of network models and network topologies (or why you set up a network in a specific fashion).
Like all of the books in the Head First series, "Head First Networking" uses a visually rich format designed for the way the brain works. Based on the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, this book combines words and pictures in a compelling, mixed-media style that not only helps readers understand a subject, but also to remember it.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Al Anderson is the Director of IT Support Services at Salish Kootenai College. He holds an Associates of Science in Computer Science and is near completing of Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering. He has 10+ years of college teaching experience in Programming, Networking, and Desktop Publishing, and 15+ years experience in creating, editing, and formatting various documents including pamphlets, catalogs, and manuals. Al has produced a 3-8 hour video series for the Virtual Training Company including Ruby on Rails, REALbasic, and Programming Ruby. In addition, he has built many production applications including a Learning ManagementSystem in use by Salish Kootenai College, a Ruby-on-Rails issue-tracking help desk application, and a Mac OS X Cocoa Airport Wireless Utility. Ryan Benedetti holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Montana and teaches in the Liberal Arts Department at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) on the Flathead Indian Reservation. For seven years, Ryan served as Department Head for Information Technology and Computer Engineering at SKC. Prior to that, he worked as editor and information systems specialist for a river, stream, and wetland research program in the School of Forestry at the University of Montana. Ryan's poems have been published in Cut Bank and Andrei Codrescu's Exquisite Corpse. He loves painting, cartooning, playing blues harmonica, making Flash learning toys, and practicing zazen. He spends his best moments with his daughter and son in the Mission Mountain Valley of Montana, and with his sweetheart, Shonna, in Portland, OR.