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Routing in the Internet
Routing in the Internet
von Christian Huitema
Preis: EUR 55,59

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing work from a master in the field..., 12. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Routing in the Internet (Taschenbuch)
I bought this book with high hopes. Huitema's first edition was exceptional, covering in detail protocols in use on the Internet at the time. What it lacked in theory, it made up for in practical applicability. When combined with Radia Perlman's _Interconnections (1st Edition)_ and access to the IETF RFC database, readers had access to all the information they could ever need about Internet routing.
Then Perlman's 2nd edition was released. What _Interconnections_ had lacked before in practical details is more than addressed in that amazing book. One might hope that Huitema's 2nd edition would catch up to Perlman's in theoretical detail, making both books equivalent references for the field of Internet routing.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Huitema's second book reads much like the first. The "2nd Edition" enhancements seem to center on coverage of "new technologies" such as label switching and quality of service. None of the background that _Routing on the Internet_ lacked in the first edition is made up for here, and I found some of the coverage of new technologies to be superficial or poorly presented.
Moreover, the presentation of the material is simply bad. The book is poorly edited, with grammatical errors throughout the text and fairly unclear writing. Worse, the diagramming style is extremely inconsistant. Throughout much of the book, the diagrams used appear to simply be typeset ASCII pictures!
There are also points in the book where it appears that dated, inappropriate text from the first book was literally pasted into the second book. For instance, at one point the author asserts that "not many companies are making money off of Internet routing devices" (paraphrase), and "a company called cisco" (which he continues to lowercase) is a vendor of the most popular routers. Since he laters makes mention of Ipsilon, I'm guessing he hasn't just been asleep as Internet routing companies rampaged across the NASDAQ.
Huitema is at his best when giving his opinions about aspects of Internet technologies. His recommendations are usually spot-on, and the historical background he provides about protocol development rivals the similar, excellent content in Perlman's _Interconnections_.
However, with _Interconnections 2_ on the shelves, I can't see a good reason to shell out ... for this book. Huitema covers some technologies that Perlman doesn't, but Perlman covers essential technologies (such as switching and multicast forwarding) far better than _Routing on the Internet_.

C Interfaces and Implementations: Techniques for Creating Reusable Software (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing (Paperback))
C Interfaces and Implementations: Techniques for Creating Reusable Software (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing (Paperback))
von David Hanson
Preis: EUR 42,49

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Probably the best advanced C book in existance..., 5. August 1999
Clearly written and well organized, this book presents more than 20 _highly_ useful library interfaces for containers, string management, mathematics, and memory management. There isn't a line of code in the whole book that you couldn't take and use, verbatim, in a project today --- after reading this book, you'll probably never have a compelling reason to write a string library or a hash table interface again.
More importantly, though, each example library illustrates ways to effectively design consistant and useable library interfaces, from generic ADTs to system service wrappers. After reading this book, you'll not only have an arsenal of useful code to leverage, but also a good understanding of how to design clean, modular, reuseable components for your application.
Hanson's C code is extremely clear and concise. Even if you've been programming professionally for a long time, you are likely to pick up a useful technique or two just by reading the source code in the book. If you're not very experienced, you will learn about C programming idioms that will be valuable to you in future work.
I really like how this book, and Hanson's other book ("A Retargetable C Compiler: Design and Implementation") are put together. Hanson employs Literate Programming techniques to weave the code he's discussing together with his discussion. This makes it very simple to track what portions of the code are being talked about at any point
in the book.

Interconnections: Bridges and Routers (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series)
Interconnections: Bridges and Routers (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series)
von Radia Perlman
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The authority on routing protocol theory and practice., 22. Mai 1999
This is not a book about how to configure and run OSPF networks or set up BGP4 peering with ISPs. People who complain about a lack of "practical" information in the book miss the point. This is one of the best sources of information on the design of network routing protocols that exists.
This book is indispensable if you are involved in a software development project that benefits from routing, at any level. The book describes a tool (network routing) and gives modern best-practice advice for how to implement that tool.
Even the OSI content is useful in this context; you're never going to "use" OSI, but many people could definitely "use" an understanding of the design process that went into IS-IS.

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