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a book for EXTREME dummies
am 21. Dezember 1999
The idea of the series "for dummies" is to present complicated concepts in a simple way, so that people without any background in that particular area of knowledge could easily follow and understand. This is not an easy task, and many authors use analogies from the everyday life to explain complicated technical issues. In this book, the usage of analogies exceeds all reasonable and necessary proportions, and some of these analogies are tasteless and excessive, from my point of view. I really wonder what level of "dumminess" did the authors anticipated in their readers to choose such a level of explanations. Furthermore, the subdivision of the text into 2-3 subsection per page with weird titles like "Let network be Santa, and it just might work", along with the above mentioned examples (which are pretty much in the style of the subtutle, quoted above) distract from the topic of the book rather than help. To be fair, I should admit that the book does contain all the basics of the TCP/IP networking, and could be a good starting book, if it were better written. However, if it is NOT your first book on networking, it will not teach you a lot, and it is certainly not deep enough to be used as a reference.