A Book About the Internet

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A Book About the Internet

Postby foxgloves » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:38 am UTC

I feel like one of the things holding me back as a programmer is my limited understanding of how networks and the Internet in particular work. I read through the wiki article, but I feel the topic is too big for just a short paper. Do you have recommendations on books that explain well (and more importantly, are well-written for a semi-casual perusal) on the Internet?

Looking for thorough explanation of packets, TCP/IP, DNS, layers, and all the other stuff that would go into something like this that I either can't remember or don't yet know.

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Re: A Book About the Internet

Postby Naurgul » Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:16 am UTC

The Tanenbaum book is considered the standard introductory textbook on the subject, I believe. It's not that hard to follow, as far as I remember.

As an aside, it includes the most smartass quote about bandwidth:

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.
Praised be the nightmare, which reveals to us that we have the power to create hell.

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Re: A Book About the Internet

Postby dudiobugtron » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:28 pm UTC

For more xkcd-related info about that particular quote, see:

(Man, I've got "most helpful post of 2013" in the bag!)

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